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Return migration and the value of foreign college degrees: Evidence from Indonesia
Last registered on July 02, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Return migration and the value of foreign college degrees: Evidence from Indonesia
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004337
Initial registration date
June 21, 2019
Last updated
July 02, 2019 2:53 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
German Institute of Global and Area Studies
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2015-08-17
End date
2019-06-21
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In this study we examine labor market prospects for international educational return migrants in Indonesia. The RCT was conducted in the 2nd half of 2015 and employs a correspondence study design to examine callback differences for different types of recent college graduates. More specifically, we look into callback differences between educational return migrants, persons who took their undergraduate degree abroad, and persons who graduated from Indonesian colleges. In total we sent out 12,000 resumes for 3,000 job vacancies.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Priebe, Jan. 2019. "Return migration and the value of foreign college degrees: Evidence from Indonesia." AEA RCT Registry. July 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4337-1.0.
Former Citation
Priebe, Jan. 2019. "Return migration and the value of foreign college degrees: Evidence from Indonesia." AEA RCT Registry. July 02. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4337/history/49137.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The applied correspondence study involves sending out fictious CVs to vacancies posted on online job platforms in the area of Greater Jakarta. In total CVs were sent to 3,000 job postings.
The main objective of the study is to examine how employers treat educational migrants (those who studies abroad and return after their study) compared to persons who graduated from local Indonesian colleges.
Intervention Start Date
2015-09-08
Intervention End Date
2015-10-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
callback rates
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
CVs were sent to 3,000 job postings. Each job posting received 4 different types of resumes.
Experimental Design Details
The four types involved: - Type 1: study abroad at an international elite college - Type 2: study abroad at an international non-elite college - Type 3: study at domestic elite college - Type 4: study at domestic non-elite college
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Job vacancies
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
3000
Sample size: planned number of observations
12,000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
3,000 resumes per treatment arm
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
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, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS