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Shifting Blame and Taking Credit
Last registered on November 30, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Shifting Blame and Taking Credit
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005640
Initial registration date
April 14, 2020
Last updated
November 30, 2020 7:32 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
BI Norwegian Business School
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Aarhus University
PI Affiliation
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-06-01
End date
2022-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study when and how local politicians shift the blame for negative policy outcomes and take credit for positive outcomes.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Bækgaard, Martin, Benny Geys and Nanna Lauritz Schönhage. 2020. "Shifting Blame and Taking Credit." AEA RCT Registry. November 30. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5640-1.1.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Interventions in terms of electoral relevance and policy outcome.
Intervention Start Date
2020-11-01
Intervention End Date
2020-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Politicians' blame-shifting and credit-taking, measured by ranking of who holds responsibility for (experimentally manipulated) policy outcomes.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Participants randomly allocated in a 2x2 experimental design with variation in terms of electoral relevance and policy outcome.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1200 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
1200 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
250 individuals per treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
ETHISCHE COMMISSIE HUMANE WETENSCHAPPEN Vrije Universiteit Brussel
IRB Approval Date
2020-11-23
IRB Approval Number
ECHW_224.02