Advice, Time Preferences, Social Norms, and Job Search

Last registered on May 20, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Advice, Time Preferences, Social Norms, and Job Search
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005114
Initial registration date
November 26, 2019
Last updated
May 20, 2020, 10:13 AM EDT

Locations

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2019-11-27
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We aim to understand whether giving or receiving advice affects the job search behavior of soon-to-be university graduates and their subsequent labor market outcomes. Relatedly, we will examine the impact of their first and second-order beliefs about particular social norms. We run a follow-up survey to study the stability of time preferences and social beliefs, demand for social information as it relates to labor market decisions, and the effect of past experience with MERS on current pandemic behavior.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Hafalir, Elif Incekara and Stephanie Wang. 2020. "Advice, Time Preferences, Social Norms, and Job Search." AEA RCT Registry. May 20. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5114-1.4000000000000001
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-11-27
Intervention End Date
2020-12-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Willingness to pay for a premium job search platform account
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
There will be a control arm, a treatment arm in which the subjects give advice about best job search practices, and another treatment arm in which the subjects receive advice on the same job search topics. We will also measure individual time preferences using experimental and survey methods. In the follow-up survey, we repeat these time preference measures, some of whom will answer within the Ramadan period. We also elicit their demand for information about labor market social norms that was collected from the first survey.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done by computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1050
Sample size: planned number of observations
1050
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
350 in each treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
UTS Human Research Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
2019-05-14
IRB Approval Number
ETH19-3651

Post-Trial

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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