The effects of capital transfers, traditional training and psychological training among micro entrepreneurs.
Last registered on April 17, 2019

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
The effects of capital transfers, traditional training and psychological training among micro entrepreneurs.
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004085
Initial registration date
April 12, 2019
Last updated
April 17, 2019 8:27 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Dirección de Presupuestos (DIPRES) - Chilean Budget Office
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica
PI Affiliation
Universidad de Chile
PI Affiliation
Dirección de Presupuestos (DIPRES) - Chilean Budget Office
PI Affiliation
Universidad de Chile
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-04-15
End date
2021-11-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study will investigate the potential effects of a micro entrepreneurship policy providing asset transfers, business training and psychological training to low-income individuals in Chile on labor, income and business activity. Using a randomized controlled trial, we will evaluate the impact of asset transfers, training in addition to asset transfers and we will test whether psychological training, aiming at influencing peoples "soft skills", is more effective than traditional business training.

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Registration Citation
Citation
Cooper, Ryan et al. 2019. "The effects of capital transfers, traditional training and psychological training among micro entrepreneurs.." AEA RCT Registry. April 17. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4085/history/45145
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-06-01
Intervention End Date
2019-11-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Self-Employent and Self-Employment Income
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Three treatments and one control group are assigned randomly (randomization is stratified by a variable that measures levels of personal initiative) to a population of eligible people in Chilean regions of O'Higgins, Valparaíso and Metropolitana. The size of each of the four groups is estimated to be of 496 people.

All treatments provide asset transfers and business advising.

Treatment number 1, in addition to assets and advising, includes business training.
Treatment number 2, in addition to assets and advising, considers psychological (social skills) training.
Treatment number 3 does not include any type of training.
The control group receives no intervention.

Comparing treatment 1 and 3 allows estimating the effectiveness of business training conditional on receiving asset transfer and advising. Comparing treatment 1 and 2, aims at testing the effect of the different type of trainings. The comparison of treatment 3 with the control group estimates the impact of receiving an asset transfer and business advising.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual level randomization.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Randomization was not clustered.
Sample size: planned number of observations
1984 people
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
496 people in treatment 1-3 and control group.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Considering baseline an effect of 10% (0,16 SD) has a power of 0,85. Without considering baseline an effect of 11% (0,18 SD) has a power of 0,87.
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INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
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