Preferences for Religious Giving - follow-up
Last registered on May 24, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Preferences for Religious Giving - follow-up
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003989
Initial registration date
May 06, 2019
Last updated
May 24, 2019 3:57 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
OECD
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
TSE, IAST
PI Affiliation
TSE
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
TSE, IAST
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-05-06
End date
2019-07-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study investigates why people give money to religious organizations, using a laboratory experiment in Accra, Ghana. In particular, we seek to understand to what extent churches provide informal insurance to households. Although contracts exist with quite low premiums, less than 1% of Ghanaian households are insured. With 96% of inhabitants reporting themselves to be religious, beliefs in a God play a major role in the daily lives of many Ghanaians. Much of this religious activity is backed by regular and significant contributions to the church through tithes, regular offering, and other forms of giving. We offer households a range of incentivized choices between donations to religious organizations and other financial options. We implement treatments including increasing the perceived risk of life accidents and the provision of free insurance to observe the effect on the demand for religious giving. We also compare how these treatments effects vary for individuals participating in the experiment during "revival weeks" - weeks of intense church participation, with others participating during normal weeks. This study is a follow-up for study AEARCTR-0000558.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Auriol, Emmanuelle et al. 2019. "Preferences for Religious Giving - follow-up." AEA RCT Registry. May 24. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/3989/history/47070
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The study will be conducted in two parts: first, a survey covering demographic
questions and religious beliefs and behaviour and second, a decision task
presenting participants with binary choices on ways to spend 19GHS.
Our interest is 1) to investigate the effects of increasing the salience of life accidents risk (informaton treatment) and the effect of providing individuals an insurance policy (insurance treatment) on their preferences for making donations to different causes, and 2) how these effects differ when individuals participate in the experiment during normal weeks and when participation happens during "revival weeks" - weeks of intense church participation and in which churchgoers donate much more than in an average week.
Intervention Start Date
2019-05-06
Intervention End Date
2019-07-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The key outcome variable is the difference in donations between individuals endowed with the information treatment and individuals with the insurance treatment.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
The secondary outcome is the difference between treatments effects for individuals that participate in the experiment during revival and those that participate during normal weeks.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We divide the subjects into three groups; 1/3 of the subjects will be allocated with a life insurance policy, 1/3 of the
participants will be told about, but not endowed with, this insurance policy, and 1/3 of the participants will form the control group.
The study participants will be recruited from the Assemblies of God church and half of them will be randomly invited to participation in the study during a revival week while the other half will be invited to participate in a normal week.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization between information and insurance treatments is performed at the session level and done by the draw a sealed enveloppe by a participant.
Randomization between particpation in a normal or revival week is performed at the participant level and done by random draw from a box without replacement.
Randomization Unit
Randomization between information and insurance treatments is performed at the session level.
Randomization between particpation in a normal or revival week is performed at the participant level.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
At least 64 sessions of 10 participants
Sample size: planned number of observations
640 participants
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approx. 100 individuals per treatment (6 treatments)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
This round of experiments is under-powered. The primary aim is to pool the data from this follow-up with data from previous rounds for non-revival weeks and validate the main effects for non-revival weeks. The secondary objective is to provide preliminary evidence for how treatment effects differ between revival and non-revival weeks.
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INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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Analysis Plan

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