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Moral Balancing in Sustainable Behavior
Last registered on September 02, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Moral Balancing in Sustainable Behavior
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004335
Initial registration date
June 20, 2019
Last updated
September 02, 2019 1:15 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Muenster
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
PI Affiliation
PI Affiliation
Additional Trial Information
Status
Withdrawn
Start date
2019-06-20
End date
2019-06-22
Secondary IDs
Abstract
During the “Kirchentag 2019”, a bi-anual festival of the protestant church in Germany with around 200,000 visitors, we investigate the role of the environmental self-image of agents for engaging in climate change mitigation. In a real-effort task at a fair stand of the festival, subjects can generate donations that offset carbon dioxide emissions. Prior to the task, subjects are either positively or negatively manipulated in their environmental self-image. The donations generated in these interventions are compared to a control group. We test whether the manipulation of the environmental self-image induces moral balancing effects (cleansing/licensing) or leads to consistency. Further, we try to determine heterogeneous treatment effects for High and Low environmental/religious types and to test for the impact of type uncertainty on balancing behavior as suggested in the theoretical work of Bénabou and Tirole 2011.
In a second experiment subsequent to the real-effort task, we investigate whether subjects use narratives to justify their effort provision. More precisely, we test if subjects publicly misreport their beliefs about social norms and/or the impact of the real-effort task to enhance their social image.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Feldhaus, Christoph et al. 2019. "Moral Balancing in Sustainable Behavior." AEA RCT Registry. September 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4335-1.0.
Former Citation
Feldhaus, Christoph et al. 2019. "Moral Balancing in Sustainable Behavior." AEA RCT Registry. September 02. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4335/history/52728.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-06-20
Intervention End Date
2019-06-22
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Effort measured in time – provided by holding a small earth with stretched arms.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Incentivized estimation of the social norm and the impact of the real-effort task (the amount of carbon compensated).
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
During the “Kirchentag 2019”, a bi-anual festival of the protestant church in Germany with around 200,000 visitors, we investigate the role of the environmental self-image of agents for engaging in climate change mitigation. In a real-effort task at a fair stand of the festival, subjects can generate donations that offset carbon dioxide emissions. Prior to the task, subjects are either positively or negatively manipulated in their environmental self-image.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Lottery
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
We are sampling during all opening ours of the festival, that is for three days and 7 hours per day. We try to maximize sample size within this time frame and expect between 300 and 800 subjects.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
The sample is equally allocated.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
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