Parental Paternalism and the Intergenerational Transmission of Patience
Last registered on January 17, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Parental Paternalism and the Intergenerational Transmission of Patience
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005313
Initial registration date
January 17, 2020
Last updated
January 17, 2020 10:46 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods
PI Affiliation
Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)
PI Affiliation
University of Sydney
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-01-17
End date
2020-05-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
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.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Chowdhury, Shyamal et al. 2020. "Parental Paternalism and the Intergenerational Transmission of Patience." AEA RCT Registry. January 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5313-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-01-17
Intervention End Date
2020-05-31
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
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization by enumerators rolling dies
Randomization Unit
Randomization is done both on the household and the individual level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
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)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Ethikkommission an der Medizinischen Fakultät der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
IRB Approval Date
2018-02-23
IRB Approval Number
6212
Analysis Plan

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