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Stigma Against Community College Graduates in the Labor Market
Last registered on September 16, 2019

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Stigma Against Community College Graduates in the Labor Market
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0004702
Initial registration date
September 11, 2019
Last updated
September 16, 2019 2:05 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Yale University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-08-09
End date
2019-10-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study examines whether receiving an associate's degree from a community college harms a graduate's labor market prospect, conditional on the graduate also having received a bachelor's degree. Furthermore, if we detect any such effect on labor market outcomes, this study examines whether the effect is due to statistical discrimination or due to pure stigma against community college graduates.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Zhu, Zhengren. 2019. "Stigma Against Community College Graduates in the Labor Market." AEA RCT Registry. September 16. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.4702-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-08-09
Intervention End Date
2019-10-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Call back rate.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Call back is defined as a personal email or voicemail from an employer indicating an interest to invite the job applicant for an interview or an interest in knowing more information about the applicant.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Employer's quality.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Employer's quality is defined by a unified scale that would be further disclosed once the trial ends.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The study team send out artificial resumes through an online job search platform.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization was done in office with random number generator.
Randomization Unit
Randomization unit is each of the 64 individual resumes.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
64 resumes.
Sample size: planned number of observations
8000~9000 job applications.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Each of the eight treatment arms (sel 4yr 3.2, no-sel 4yr 3.2, cc-sel 4yr 3.2, etc.) will have equal numbers of job applications.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Yale University Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2019-01-14
IRB Approval Number
2000024486
Analysis Plan

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