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Altruistic discounting
Last registered on May 01, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Altruistic discounting
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005785
Initial registration date
April 29, 2020
Last updated
May 01, 2020 3:36 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-04-29
End date
2020-10-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study will evaluate altruism and warm glow from giving. Specifically, this paper proposes and tests a model where individuals have three components of utility from charitable contributions: altruistic utility, warm glow from giving and warm glow when the gift accomplishes its purpose.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Shapiro, Jeremy. 2020. "Altruistic discounting." AEA RCT Registry. May 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5785-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
MTurk survey on charitable giving. The intervention is to vary who is making the donation (individual or someone else), when the gift is made and when the gift is delivered to the final recipient.
Intervention Start Date
2020-04-29
Intervention End Date
2020-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Willingness to give, willingness to pay to affect timing of gifts, structural parameters estimated from responses.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experiment will ask individuals to affect the timing (via payments) of donations made by themselves and others (details in pre-analysis plan).
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Automated.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
500-1000 respondents.
Sample size: planned number of observations
500-1000 respondents X 2 choices per respondent.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
500-1000 respondents.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Maseno University Ethics Review Committee
IRB Approval Date
2020-03-03
IRB Approval Number
MSU/DRPC/MUERC/000011/13
Analysis Plan

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