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
June 23, 2014
Last updated
June 23, 2014 3:39 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Stanford University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Harvard University
PI Affiliation
UC San Diego
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
Andreoni, James, Michael Callen and Charles Sprenger. 2014. "Government Service Provision - Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. June 23. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/417/history/1941
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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
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