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Making the Leap from School to the Workforce in Chiapas
Last registered on March 15, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Making the Leap from School to the Workforce in Chiapas
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003929
Initial registration date
March 13, 2019
Last updated
March 15, 2019 11:01 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
UCSD
PI Affiliation
UCSD
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-02-18
End date
2020-02-28
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This pilot examines the impact of entrepreneurial training for students in Mexican high schools on earnings, employment, and socioemotional skills. The purpose of the pilot is to a) conduct a small qualitative/quantitative study comparing an entrepreneurial curriculum alone to an enhanced curriculum that focuses on growth mindset, b) understand the incentive structures that work to get normal secondary teachers engaged with the curriculum, and c) field test the survey and tracking protocols for a larger, properly-powered RCT to follow.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
McIntosh, Craig, Melissa Floca and zaira razu aznar. 2019. "Making the Leap from School to the Workforce in Chiapas." AEA RCT Registry. March 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3929-1.0
Former Citation
McIntosh, Craig, Melissa Floca and zaira razu aznar. 2019. "Making the Leap from School to the Workforce in Chiapas." AEA RCT Registry. March 15. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3929/history/43391
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-03-18
Intervention End Date
2019-07-26
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
We focus on three primary outcomes: business creation, reported earnings, and growth mindset indicators. Data on the first two outcomes will be gathered through follow-up surveys conducted two months after program completion. Growth mindset indicators will be constructed with information from baseline and endline surveys.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Target Population

Students enrolled on the last (6th) high school semester from schools in Chiapas that comply with 3 criteria:
1. Have teachers and principals interested and able to participate in a raffle to receive funding and training to teach the program
2. Are located within 1.5 hours’ drive time from San Cristobal de las Casas (Escalera’s headquarters)
3. Are not located in areas that present a risk to the implementation or evaluation teams.


Evaluation Design

Phase 1: We will randomly select half of the target schools (7 or 8) to receive the entrepreneurial curriculum alone.
Phase 2: The enhanced curriculum (growth mindset skills) will be randomly assigned to half of the students enrolled in 6th semester of all 17 target schools.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
School level (clusters) for entrepreneurial curriculum and student level (individuals) for enhanced curriculum.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
There are 17 high schools with the characteristics described on the Target Population Section.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Based on the information provided by schools’ principals, there will be approximately 960 students enrolled on 6th semester by the time of implementation.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
A) Entrepreneurial Curriculum: 8 treatment schools and 9 control schools.
B) Enhanced Curriculum: Based on the information provided by schools’ principals, there will be approximately 960 enrolled on 6th semester by the time of implementation. We will randomly assign half of them to receive the enhanced curriculum and the other half will be in the control group.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of California, San Diego Human Research Protection Program
IRB Approval Date
2018-08-02
IRB Approval Number
N/A