Government Service Provision - Pakistan

Last registered on June 23, 2014

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Government Service Provision - Pakistan
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000417
Initial registration date
Not yet registered
Last updated
June 23, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Stanford University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
UC San Diego
PI Affiliation
Harvard University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2014-06-23
End date
2014-08-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The project focuses on government service provision in the key sector of health services. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where polio remains an endemic disease. Government efforts to eradicate polio make use of government service workers, seconded to vaccination for limited drives of 2-3 days. Seconded workers are given vaccination material and a rudimentary map of their catchment area to cover. Daily wages are provided, but no explicit incentives are given for task completion. In principle, vaccinations are recorded on daily work sheets and via chalk markings on the door of each approached house. Some concern about task completion exists, but no detailed records on malfeasance are kept at the Ministry of Health. This project focuses on two dimensions of government service provision: malfeasance and the intertemporal organization of work. Subjects are randomized into various contract types.
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Registration Citation

Citation
, , Michael Callen and Charles Sprenger. 2014. "Government Service Provision - Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. June 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.417-1.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Embargoed at investigator's request.
Intervention Start Date
2014-06-23
Intervention End Date
2014-08-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Embargoed at investigator's request.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
See analysis plan.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Embargoed at investigator's request.
Experimental Design Details
See analysis plan.
Randomization Method
Randomization completed with list of vaccinators in advance by computer in office.
Randomization Unit
Training session.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
12 training sessions.
Sample size: planned number of observations
500 vaccinators.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
50-100 in each treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Treatment effects identify a behavioral parameter. Using values from Augenblck et al. (2014) a 0.25 standard deviation treatment effect would be recovered with 80% power with a sample size of around 250.
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
UC San Diego
IRB Approval Date
2014-03-06
IRB Approval Number
131585SX
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
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