During the baseline session, women will participate in a survey questionnaire and a set of incentivized activities to elicit preferences and behavioral traits.
The survey measures women’s demographic characteristics, their work history, unincentivized measures of their beliefs and expectations (both about factory work and outside employment options), and standard self-reported survey measures of the following traits: grit, self-efficacy, planning, and conscientiousness. The survey also contains an unincentivized measure of cognitive ability, inspired by the Raven’s matrices task. The incentivized activities will use incentive-compatible tasks to elicit time preferences, risk preferences, and preferences over different systems of remuneration for a real effort task. Respondents will be paid for one of their choices in one of the incentivized activities, as randomly selected by a lottery. If applicable, they will be required to carry out the real effort task under the conditions described by the selected question in order to receive their remuneration.
The follow-up phone survey will take place after approximately three months, and will measure whether women took up factory jobs or other opportunities, their short-term retention, and any revisions to their beliefs or expectations about factory jobs or other opportunities.