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Question-order effects of subjective well-being: A cross-country survey experiment
Last registered on August 15, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Question-order effects of subjective well-being: A cross-country survey experiment
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004396
Initial registration date
July 01, 2019
Last updated
August 15, 2019 9:21 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Passau and RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut and RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-02-27
End date
2020-02-29
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Subjective well-being (SWB) has become a key tool to augment the usual measures of economic prosperity in order to proxy for welfare in sustainable development policies. In particular, the concept of life satisfaction as people’s own assessment of feelings and attitudes is included in numerous surveys across many countries, including the Gallup World Poll. For this reason, we aim to understand the robustness of this measurement in surveys. Specifically, we will look at question-order on self-reported life satisfaction questions. Our research questions are (i) does respondent’s perception of life satisfaction change when asked at the beginning or end of the questionnaire? and (ii) does respondent’s perception of life satisfaction change when asked directly after a sensitive question?
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Fiala, Nathan, Lise Masselus and Annekathrin Schoofs. 2019. "Question-order effects of subjective well-being: A cross-country survey experiment ." AEA RCT Registry. August 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4396-2.0.
Former Citation
Fiala, Nathan, Lise Masselus and Annekathrin Schoofs. 2019. "Question-order effects of subjective well-being: A cross-country survey experiment ." AEA RCT Registry. August 15. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/4396/history/51785.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-02-27
Intervention End Date
2020-02-29
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Subjective well-being
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We vary the position of the Cantril Scale of subjective well-being to (i) either being asked at the beginning or end of the questionnaire, and (ii) either after a sensitive question, or not after a sensitive question.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization programmed in the survey design
Randomization Unit
Individual-level randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
10 520 respondents
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
2630 per treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2019-01-24
IRB Approval Number
14718
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2018-11-26
IRB Approval Number
14718
Analysis Plan

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