Assistance Offer on Request for Capital
Last registered on March 19, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Assistance Offer on Request for Capital
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005572
Initial registration date
March 18, 2020
Last updated
March 19, 2020 12:12 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
UC Merced
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-10-15
End date
2022-01-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We partner with the Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) to implement a business plan competition. As part of their advertising of the competition, EDC used their previous customer based call list to notify previous clients about the business plan competition. They randomly assigned whether the call would include an offer for in-person assistance on completing the application and participating in the Business Plan Competition. We test whether the offer increased participation, particularly for groups that are generally observed as having less access to capital, and whether the quality of the encouraged business differed as a function of the offer.

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Registration Citation
Citation
Manian, Shanthi and Ketki Sheth. 2020. "Assistance Offer on Request for Capital." AEA RCT Registry. March 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5572-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Randomly assigned previous clients the offer for in-person assistance with an application for a Business Plan Competition.
Intervention Start Date
2019-10-15
Intervention End Date
2020-02-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Indicator for submission of the application
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
As part of their advertising of the competition, the implementing organization (EDC) used their previous customer based call list to notify previous clients about the business plan competition. They randomly assigned whether the call would include an offer for in-person assistance on completing the application and participating in the Business Plan Competition.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in an office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 5,000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approximately 500 to 1000 offers for assistance will be made.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan

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