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He Said/She Said: Testing Respondent Effects in Household Income Reporting
Last registered on June 17, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
He Said/She Said: Testing Respondent Effects in Household Income Reporting
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005162
Initial registration date
December 11, 2019
Last updated
June 17, 2020 2:49 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 Connecticut
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-01-06
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Obtaining reliable data on household and respondent income and understanding the quality of this data is of great importance to researchers and policy makers. Several papers have found evidence that household income is often misreported. However, the causes and consequences of intra-household reporting discrepancies remain poorly understood. Commonly, the most knowledgeable household member, often the household head, is interviewed in household surveys. Surveying only one household member could potentially lead to incomplete or erroneous information on the households’ aggregate income for several reasons. Household members could be oblivious of all income-generating activities of their spouses, for example because spouses intentionally hide income from one another. Incomplete pooling of information within the household could also result in difficulties to accurately report on other’s income, even if a household member is aware of all sources of income. These concerns can be overrun by assessing multiple household members separately. However, this comes at a logistical and monetary cost. This survey experiment aims to shed light on the discrepancies in intra-household reporting on aggregate income.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Fiala, Nathan and Lise Masselus. 2020. "He Said/She Said: Testing Respondent Effects in Household Income Reporting." AEA RCT Registry. June 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5162-1.2000000000000002.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-01-06
Intervention End Date
2020-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The primary outcome interest is aggregate household income
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We calculate aggregate income by summing up the reported income earned in the past 4 weeks from a list of economic activities, for all household members.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
As secondary outcomes, we will also look at income per household member, and income per economic activity as outcome variables.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This study consists of a survey experiment where we randomize who in the household responds to income questions. The experiment is designed as a stratified clustered-RCT where villages are allocated to one of three treatment arms. Randomization will be stratified at the subcounty level.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Stratified clustered randomization done by a computer
Randomization Unit
The unit of randomization is the village.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
200 clusters in Uganda
165 clusters in Paraguay
Sample size: planned number of observations
3000 households in Uganda 2000 households in Paraguay
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Uganda: 100 clusters T1, 50 clusters T2 and 50 clusters T3
Paraguay: 110 clusters T1, 55 clusters T2
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
INNOVATIONS FOR POVERTY ACTION IRB
IRB Approval Date
2019-12-10
IRB Approval Number
14675
Analysis Plan

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