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Collaborating in strategic experimentation
Last registered on September 14, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Collaborating in strategic experimentation
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005503
Initial registration date
September 14, 2020
Last updated
September 14, 2020 7:37 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-09-15
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This experiment studies how experimentation incentives are shaped by our strategic environment. In particular, this study looks at incentives for experimentation in a laboratory experiment where a successful breakthrough represents a public good, as in Bonatti and Hörner (2011). Varying the observability of experimentation effort as well as whether experimentation is strategic, I investigate how experimentation in collaborative team projects is encouraged. The aim is to further test the theory's underlying assumptions that i) people respond to the information revealed by others’ actions in a manner consistent with Bayesian updating and ii) strategically consider the effect of their actions on others’ beliefs. This project furthermore examines how behavioral motives, such as reciprocity, drive behavior in the context of strategic experimentation.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Brütt, Katharina. 2020. "Collaborating in strategic experimentation." AEA RCT Registry. September 14. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5503-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-09-15
Intervention End Date
2020-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The study has two sets of primary outcomes. The first is the level of experimentation, measured by the share individuals invest in a project of unknown quality. The second are subjects beliefs, specifically subjects beliefs about how likely the project is of high quality, their partner's beliefs about the project's quality and the investment share of their partner.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
See the analysis plan for a detailed explanation of the primary outcomes.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Measures of risk aversion, reciprocal behaviour, and social value orientation.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
See the analysis plan for a detailed explanation of the secondary outcomes.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This experiment investigates strategic experimentation where a successful breakthrough represents a public good. The experiment uses four treatments, varying the observability of experimentation and whether agents' experimentation is strategic or non-strategic.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Computerized randomization
Randomization Unit
Subjects are first randomly assigned to a matching group. Every period, a subject is randomly assigned to one of the other subjects in the matching group. The randomisation ensures that subjects are not paired to each other in two consecutive periods.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
64 clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
384 subjects
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
96 subjects by treatment. One matching group consists of 6 subjects, so 16 matching groups (clusters) per treatment.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Economics & Business Ethics Committee (University of Amsterdam)
IRB Approval Date
2020-01-28
IRB Approval Number
EC 20200128020125
Analysis Plan

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