Labor Demand for Workers with a Criminal Conviction

Last registered on April 06, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Labor Demand for Workers with a Criminal Conviction
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005200
Initial registration date
December 23, 2019

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
January 03, 2020, 4:37 PM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
April 06, 2022, 9:09 AM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Harvard Business School
PI Affiliation
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2019-11-01
End date
2022-10-01
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We employ a randomized discrete choice experiment on a large on-demand staffing platform to estimate the labor demand for workers with a past criminal conviction (WCCs) under different policies and market conditions. Employers using the platform will have the option to have WCCs assigned to their vacancies at a randomly chosen wage subsidy, both with and without the option of crime and safety insurance and increased performance screening, and under different hypothetical labor market conditions. Employer choices at different wage subsidies will yield willingness to pay (WTP) estimates for this population of jobseekers under different counterfactual policies. These estimates will also allow us to estimate a labor demand function.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Cullen, Zoë, Will Dobbie and Mitchell Hoffman. 2022. "Labor Demand for Workers with a Criminal Conviction." AEA RCT Registry. April 06. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5200
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-01-02
Intervention End Date
2020-10-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Employers’ choices over whether to have workers with a criminal record assigned to their vacancies at randomly chosen wage subsidies.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will recruit participants through the online platform’s account managers.

In the survey experiment, we ask firms about their interest in hiring individuals with a criminal record. We cross randomize values of each of the following dimensions:

• Wage discount
• Level of commercial crime insurance
• Number of positive past performance scores on the platform
• Hypothetical local unemployment rate
• Years since the most recent criminal act

The survey is incentive-compatible because subjects are informed that choices will affect the workers assigned to their jobs.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The randomization will be conducted using a computer random number generator.
Randomization Unit
We will randomize at the level of the firm, where all managers from the same firm will be randomized into the same group.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
The survey will be administered to approximately 9,000 individuals at 7,600 firms. We will cluster at the firm level (where there are several managers from the same firm). Based on previous response rates to the online platform’s surveys, we expect between 760 and 2,000 firms to respond.
Sample size: planned number of observations
See above.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We are cross randomizing all parameter values equally allocating firms to each value listed for each parameter.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Harvard University-Area Committee on the Use of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2019-06-30
IRB Approval Number
IRB19-1079
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

WCC_PAP_23Dec2019

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Uploaded At: December 23, 2019

WCC_PAP_20Mar2020.pdf

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Uploaded At: March 20, 2020