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Redistributive Behavior When Circumstances Shape Choices
Last registered on May 27, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Redistributive Behavior When Circumstances Shape Choices
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005811
Initial registration date
May 27, 2020
Last updated
May 27, 2020 12:20 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Bonn Graduate School of Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-06-01
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The common distinction between fair inequality based on choices and unfair inequality based on circumstances neglects that choices and circumstances are inherently related: Choices typically depend strongly on circumstances. In an experiment with a large representative sample from the US, I study how the effect of circumstances on choices influences redistributive behavior and positive fairness views. I explore and contrast two important mechanisms: inferences about the role of circumstances and redistributive preferences.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Andre, Peter. 2020. "Redistributive Behavior When Circumstances Shape Choices." AEA RCT Registry. May 27. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5811-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-06-01
Intervention End Date
2020-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The redistributive behavior of spectators in the first seven redistribution scenarios. See the analysis plan.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
I use the paradigmatic spectator-worker design to (i) create an experimentally controlled situation of inequality between two workers and (ii) observe how spectators redistribute money between them. The focus of this study is on the redistribution decisions of the spectators in different experimentally created inequality situations between workers.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by a computer in an online survey.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
About 1800 respondents

The sample ought to be representative of the US general population in terms of gender, age, income, education, and region. If required, a few additional observations may be collected to improve the match to US census data. This can happen if, for instance, the initial sample contains too few female respondents.
Sample size: planned number of observations
About 1800 respondents The sample ought to be representative of the US general population in terms of gender, age, income, education, and region. If required, a few additional observations may be collected to improve the match to US census data. This can happen if, for instance, the initial sample contains too few female respondents.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
About 300 respondents in each of the six treatments
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Gesellschaft für experimentelle Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.
IRB Approval Date
2019-11-12
IRB Approval Number
HyegJqzx
Analysis Plan

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