Parental Paternalism and the Intergenerational Transmission of Patience

Last registered on May 07, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

Parental Paternalism and the Intergenerational Transmission of Patience
Initial registration date
January 17, 2020

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First published
January 17, 2020, 10:46 AM EST

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Last updated
May 07, 2023, 11:51 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Sydney
PI Affiliation
Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
PI Affiliation
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Additional Trial Information

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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Parents frequently decide for their children and are important for children's development of skills and preferences. One skill of particular importance for various economic outcomes is patience. Using a series of experimental measures, we study parents' and children's time preferences, their intergenerational transmission of time preferences, and how parents decide for their children. The latter allows us to measure parental paternalism, i.e., parents' willingness to overwrite their children's choices. Furthermore, by implementing these experiments in a larger panel study, we can link further data on our participants and follow them over time.
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Registration Citation

Chowdhury, Shyamal et al. 2023. "Parental Paternalism and the Intergenerational Transmission of Patience." AEA RCT Registry. May 07.
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Stars allocated to a sooner date in a convex time budget design; parents amount invested to implement their choices for their children; parents' belief about the number of stars allocated to a sooner date by their children in a convex time budget design
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Parents and up to two children aged 6-16 years participate in a series of convex time budgets tasks, in which participants have to allocate stars between two payment dates. Parents additionally state their (incentivized) beliefs for their children's choices and also decide for their children. We randomly match parents and children, and randomly determine whether parents' choices for their children are actually implemented. For more details, see pre-analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization by enumerators rolling dies
Randomization Unit
Randomization is done both on the household and the individual level
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
600 households with up to four participants (father, mother, up to two children aged 6 to 16 years)
Sample size: planned number of observations
up to four per household (two parents, two children between 6 and 16 years); results in 1000 children to be interviewed
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
see preanalysis plan
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Ethikkommission an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
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Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Preanalysis plan

MD5: 8827e3b82b3b85251aa41e91974cfe51

SHA1: ac22b8b49cb60d95530f3e0163da5add787994bf

Uploaded At: January 17, 2020


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