Linking Subjective Expectations to Revealed Field-of-Study Choice

Last registered on June 22, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Linking Subjective Expectations to Revealed Field-of-Study Choice
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004329
Initial registration date
June 18, 2019

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
July 01, 2019, 4:03 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
June 22, 2022, 12:52 PM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Gothenburg

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
UCLS
PI Affiliation
Uppsala University
PI Affiliation
University of Gothenburg

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2014-01-01
End date
2023-06-30
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial is based on or builds upon one or more prior RCTs.
Abstract
This study links survey data on subjective expectations relating to university field of study choice, to administrative data on students actual behavior in college applications and enrollment. We compare their stated expected choices to their revealed choices over the next four years. We also use an experiment to manipulate information.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Angelov, NIkolay et al. 2022. "Linking Subjective Expectations to Revealed Field-of-Study Choice." AEA RCT Registry. June 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4329
Former Citation
Angelov, NIkolay et al. 2022. "Linking Subjective Expectations to Revealed Field-of-Study Choice." AEA RCT Registry. June 22. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4329/history/147156
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2014-01-01
Intervention End Date
2014-03-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Field of study that students rank first in their college applications, and field of study to which students enroll.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The survey was completed by 502 students in early 2014. The survey was administered on the computer by a professional survey company who met with each student. The students were first asked about their expectations in each of 8 fields of study, and not going to university for several college and post-college outcomes. At the end of the survey each student was randomly allocated into the experimental group or the control group.

Outcome data comes from administrative registers in subsequent years.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Roughly 500, not all of the 502 in the survey data will be successfully matched to the administrative data
Sample size: planned number of observations
Roughly 500, not all of the 502 in the survey data will be successfully matched to the administrative data
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Among 502 survey students, 242 were in the control and 260 where in the experimental group. Of the 260, 149 consented to the treatment.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Supporting Documents and Materials

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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Regional Ethical Board in Uppsala
IRB Approval Date
2013-11-13
IRB Approval Number
Ref. 2013/430
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

preanalysis18june2019.pdf

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Uploaded At: June 18, 2019