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The Effect of Gift Timing on Charitable Giving
Last registered on May 13, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Effect of Gift Timing on Charitable Giving
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004173
Initial registration date
May 03, 2019
Last updated
May 13, 2019 11:27 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
UC San Diego
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-05-02
End date
2023-05-02
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study conducts a randomized field experiment among alumni of a business school. Charitable gifts will be solicited from alumni via mail and email. The experiment will test the effects of requesting two different types of gifts.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Serra-Garcia, Marta. 2019. "The Effect of Gift Timing on Charitable Giving ." AEA RCT Registry. May 13. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4173-1.0.
Former Citation
Serra-Garcia, Marta. 2019. "The Effect of Gift Timing on Charitable Giving ." AEA RCT Registry. May 13. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4173/history/46346.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-05-02
Intervention End Date
2019-07-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
- The likelihood that a potential donor replies to the solicitation
- The amount that is given initially (conditional and unconditional)
- The amount projected and actually collected after 3 months and 6 months (conditional and unconditional)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We will conduct a randomized experiment among alumni of a business school. Charitable gifts will be solicited from alumni via mail and email. The experiment will test the effects of requesting two different types of gifts.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1,142 alumni
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,142 alumni
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
The sample will be split approximately equally across the two treatments.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Project #190143SX
IRB Approval Date
2019-02-04
IRB Approval Number
190143SX
Analysis Plan

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