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A study of religiosity and donations: Does religion make its believers more prosocial?
Last registered on February 07, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
A study of religiosity and donations: Does religion make its believers more prosocial?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005016
Initial registration date
February 02, 2020
Last updated
February 07, 2020 3:48 PM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
New York University Abu Dhabi
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
New York University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-02-04
End date
2020-04-10
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The proposed experiment will be conducted with 550 Muslim subjects in India. Data for this experiment will be collected online using Qualtrics. The experiment will measure the effects of different religious primes on the donation behavior of Muslim subjects.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
morton, rebecca and Tereza Petrovicova. 2020. "A study of religiosity and donations: Does religion make its believers more prosocial?." AEA RCT Registry. February 07. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5016-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-02-04
Intervention End Date
2020-04-10
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The religiosity of participants and their donations.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Religiosity will be measured using three dimensions: spirituality, religious education and practice, and stance public Islamic issues and the five pillars of Islam.
Donations will be measured based on the percentage donated to charity.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experiment will first measure the religiosity of participants and then allow the participants to earn money through several tasks. Then, the participants will be given the option to donate a percentage of their experimental earnings that they donate to charity. In the treatment groups, subjects will be primed with religious quotes before being given the option to donate.
Experimental Design Details
The experiment will be composed of five stages. In the first stage, participants will be asked to fill in a questionnaire measuring baseline information and their religiosity. In the second stage, participants will be able to earn some money with simple real effort tasks. In the third stage, participants will have the option to donate their money to either of two charities, one of which being Muslim and the other not having a religious affiliation. In the fourth stage, participants will again earn some money playing the real effort task. In the last stage, participants will again be given the option to donate a percentage of their earnings from stage 4. However, this time their donations would be split equally between the two charities. In the treatment groups, subjects will be primed with .....
Randomization Method
Randomization done by a computer.
Randomization Unit
This experiment will have individual randomization.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
This experiment will have 550 clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
This experiment will have 550 observations.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
The sample size is 550 individuals.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
New York University Abu Dhabi
IRB Approval Date
2019-07-31
IRB Approval Number
059-2019
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