Large-Scale Randomized Evaluation of a Training Program to Improve the Skills and Labor Market Outcomes of Low-Income Urban Youth in Delhi
Last registered on June 05, 2021

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Large-Scale Randomized Evaluation of a Training Program to Improve the Skills and Labor Market Outcomes of Low-Income Urban Youth in Delhi
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005935
Initial registration date
May 27, 2020
Last updated
June 05, 2021 10:43 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-06-15
End date
2022-06-15
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We run a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) to examine the impacts of attending an almost year-long intensive training program (Freedom English Academy or FEA) on the English skills, non-cognitive skills, and labor market outcomes of low-income youth in urban India. Specifically, we randomize 1,200 low-income youth in Delhi to one of two conditions: (a) immediate enrollment in FEA or (b) deferred (one-year) enrollment in FEA. After approximately ten months, we measure impacts from attending FEA on labor market outcomes (estimated wages), English listening and speaking skills, and non-cognitive (social) skills.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Loyalka, Prashant. 2021. "Large-Scale Randomized Evaluation of a Training Program to Improve the Skills and Labor Market Outcomes of Low-Income Urban Youth in Delhi." AEA RCT Registry. June 05. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5935-1.1.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2019-07-15
Intervention End Date
2020-06-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Data on primary outcome measures are collected in the endline survey. There are two primary outcomes. The first is estimated wages (recruiters’ objective and blind assessments of standardized mock job interviews). The second outcome variable is the score on a standardized English listening and speaking skills assessment (z-scored).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary outcome variables will also be examined. These include non-cognitive (i.e. social) skills which are measured during the mock interview (using machine learning techniques). The non-cognitive skills include engagement, confidence/composure, and other positive emotions. Secondary outcomes also include participants’ self-reported actual or expected employment outcomes (e.g. wages/expected wages).
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomize 1,200 low-income youth in urban India to one of two conditions: (a) immediate enrollment in the (free) training program or (b) deferred (one-year) enrollment in the (free) training program.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Pre-programmed management-information-system at the training program to have a randomization feature (i.e. done by software/computer).
Randomization Unit
Individuals applying for FEA.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1200 individual participants (youth)
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,200 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
600 treated individuals, 600 control individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Stanford University
IRB Approval Date
2018-07-30
IRB Approval Number
47033
Analysis Plan

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