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

Locations

Region

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
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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Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

Relevant Paper(s)

Reports & Other Materials