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Speeddates for UI benefits recipients
Last registered on February 10, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Speeddates for UI benefits recipients
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003866
Initial registration date
February 07, 2019
Last updated
February 10, 2019 7:43 PM EST
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
VU University Amsterdam
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Vienna
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2014-07-01
End date
2017-03-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This RCT is conducted to study the effectiveness of Speeddates organized by the Dutch UI administration. These speeddates are matching events during which benefits recipients meet a number temporary work agencies. The goal of these speeddates is to stimulate benefits recipients to find work faster. The RCT involves a number of speeddates which are organized in different locations in the Netherlands. The RCT randomizes which benefits recipients are invited to attend a speeddate.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
van der Klaauw, Bas and Lennart Ziegler. 2019. "Speeddates for UI benefits recipients." AEA RCT Registry. February 10. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3866-2.0
Former Citation
van der Klaauw, Bas and Lennart Ziegler. 2019. "Speeddates for UI benefits recipients." AEA RCT Registry. February 10. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3866/history/41268
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We randomize which eligible UI benefits recipients receive an invitation to attend a speeddate event. A speeddate event is a two to three-hours events where unemployed workers meet temporary work agencies.
Intervention Start Date
2014-07-04
Intervention End Date
2016-02-25
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
From the administrative data, job finding, working hours, earnings, benefits receipt, total income, type of work. From the survey data indicators for job search behavior and contact with temporary work agencies.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Invitations to speeddates are randomized. Attendance of speeddates is not compulsory. Therefore, we focus on intention-to-treat and local average treatment effects.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization is done using random number drawn by the researchers in their computer. At the moment of randomization, the researchers only have the unique personal identifier and no other information or characteristics of individuals.
Randomization Unit
Individuals
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
about 15,000 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
about 15,000 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
The UI administration decides for each speeddate event how many individuals are eligible and how many should receive an invitation.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
The costs of organizing speeddates are low, only a few euros per individual. Therefore, UI benefits payments only have to reduce a little for being effective in a costs-benefits analysis.
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers