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Flexibility and Session Attendance
Last registered on August 15, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Flexibility and Session Attendance
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004498
Initial registration date
August 13, 2019
Last updated
August 15, 2019 7:25 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Carnegie Mellon University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Carnegie Mellon University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-08-14
End date
2019-09-09
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In this study we will unpack the effects of shocks on attendance at an income earning opportunity - participation in a paid lab study in Nairobi, Kenya. Specifically, we will test the effect of flexibility by increasing the range of dates available to attend to better understand the barriers affecting individuals ability to take part in an income earning opportunity. We will also elicit beliefs about how likely it is that a set of external shocks will affect attendance.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Downs, Julie and Samantha Horn. 2019. "Flexibility and Session Attendance." AEA RCT Registry. August 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4498-2.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-08-14
Intervention End Date
2019-09-09
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Attendance at the lab session; occurrence of shocks preventing attendance
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
All participants will receive a show-up fee of 200KSH for attending the lab session for which they are being recruited with the option to earn additional income from incentivized tasks in the study. We will not be paying any additional incentives for attendance. If an individual attends a session but then does not consent for the particular lab study they have been invited to, they will still receive the show-up fee payment of 200KSH.

During the invitation call the date of attendance will be varied by treatment group, and participants will be randomized into one of three conditions with randomisation occuring at the participant level:

Flexible Condition: Participants will be invited to attend a lab session on any afternoon for a 7-day period (excluding weekends) starting three days from the invite call.

Fixed-Time Group: Participants will be invited to attend a lab session on a specific afternoon, randomly selected from the same window of 7 days starting three days from the invite call.

Control Group: Participants will be invited to attend a lab session and asked to choose a day in the same 7 day window starting three days from the invite call that works best for them, and informed that they would only be able to attend on their chosen day.
Experimental Design Details
All participants will receive a show-up fee of 200KSH for attending the lab session for which they are being recruited with the option to earn additional income from incentivized tasks in the study. We will not be paying any additional incentives for attendance. If an individual attends a session but then does not consent for the particular lab study they have been invited to, they will still receive the show-up fee payment of 200KSH. During the invitation call the date of attendance will be varied by treatment group, and participants will be randomized into one of three conditions with randomisation occuring at the participant level: Flexible Condition: Participants will be invited to attend a lab session on any afternoon for a 7-day period (excluding weekends) starting three days from the invite call. Fixed-Time Group: Participants will be invited to attend a lab session on a specific afternoon, randomly selected from the same window of 7 days starting three days from the invite call. Control Group: Participants will be invited to attend a lab session and asked to choose a day in the same 7 day window starting three days from the invite call that works best for them, and informed that they would only be able to attend on their chosen day.
Randomization Method
Computer in an office
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
600 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
600 individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Carnegie Mellon University
IRB Approval Date
2019-07-17
IRB Approval Number
STUDY2019_00000244
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