Correspondence Study on the Labour Market in Russia.

Last registered on April 27, 2021

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Trial Information

General Information

Title
Correspondence Study on the Labour Market in Russia.
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005388
Initial registration date
February 03, 2020
Last updated
April 27, 2021, 10:53 AM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Kassel University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Kassel

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2020-02-15
End date
2021-05-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We provide correspondence study to investigate attitudes towards certain groups on the labour market in Russia.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Asanov, Igor and Maria Mavlikeeva. 2021. "Correspondence Study on the Labour Market in Russia.." AEA RCT Registry. April 27. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5388-2.3000000000000003
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We provide a correspondence study in Russia to investigate treatment of various groups on the labor market (the detailed description is reported in hidden section).
Intervention Start Date
2020-03-16
Intervention End Date
2021-04-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Call-back rate: Calls and e-mail answers
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
1. Call-back and e-mail answers
2. Call-back
3. E-mail answers

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
To access the attitude towards certain groups in the labor market, we send fictitious resumes in respond to real job openings, varying the characteristics of CVs.
Experimental Design Details
A.Self-employment Status Part of Experiment

We provide the correspondence experiment in Russia to understand the job prospects of native and ethnic self-employed applicants.
Within the framework of the experiment we send about 5.800 CV's in response to 1.450 vacancies. We cross randomize if (1) a person was self-employed or worked for a company and (2)a person has a Slavic or ethnic minorities sounding name. We apply for the similar occupations with different skill-levels: High (Skill level 4) or low(skill level 2) skill level job according to International Standard Classi cation of Occupations (2008). Namely, we send resume on the next vacancies in Skill level 4: Finance Managers (1211), Advertising and Public Relations Managers (1222), Information and Communications Technology Services Managers (1330). In skill level 2: Accounting Associate Professionals (3313); Conference and Event Planners (3332); Information and Communications Technology Operations Technicians (3511).

B. Ethnic Minority Status Part of Experiment (INTRODUCED DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK)

We conduct a correspondence study in Russia to understand the job prospects of ethnic majority and ethnic minority applicants from 08 April 2020 to April 2021. Within the framework of the experiment, we send about 6.400 CV's in response to 1.600 vacancies. We cross randomize if (1) a person has an ethnic majority or ethnic minority sounding name and (2) a person has previous work experience or is recently graduated. We apply for similar occupations with different skill levels according to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (2008). Namely, we send applications for the following occupations: Real Estate Agents and Property Managers (3334, skill level 3); Advertising and Marketing Professionals (2431, skill level 4); Messengers, Package Deliverers and Luggage Porters (9621, skill level 1), Receptionists (4226, skill level 2); Answering Service Operators (4223, skill level 2); General Office Clerks (4110, skill level 2).

C. CHANGES in TRIAL due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In rapid response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we introduced a sub-part of an experiment that focuses explicitly on the ethnic-minority discrimination replicating the design of our previous study( https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.1308-22.200000000000003.) Moreover, we decided to focus on the ethnic part of the experiment due to the relevancy of the issue and because in the self-employment Status Part of the Experiment we observed extremely low-callback (probably due to the low demand for the professions in this part of the experiment during a pandemic) deeming self-employment status part of experiment underpowered.
Randomization Method
Computer platform
Randomization Unit
Vacancy. We send different types of CV for the same vacancy in random order.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
3.100 vacancies (12 400 resumes)
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 12.200 resumes 1.450 vacancies (5 800 resumes) in the Self-employment Status Part of Experiment 1.600 vacancies (6.400 resumes) in Ethnic Minority Status Part of Experiment
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We send 1.450 resumes per sub-treatment in the Self-employment Status Part of Experiment
We send 1.600 resumes per sub-treatment in the Ethnic Minority Status Part of the Experiment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
The central ethics committee of the University of Kassel
IRB Approval Date
2020-01-17
IRB Approval Number
N/A

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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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