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Secrecy and willingness to acquire information
Last registered on August 12, 2020

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Secrecy and willingness to acquire information
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005975
Initial registration date
August 12, 2020
Last updated
August 12, 2020 10:03 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Harvard University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Bocconi University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-05-01
End date
2022-02-28
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We evaluate entrepreneurs' willingness to learn from competitors and the value of doing so.

This trial is linked to another data collection effort part of a field experiment registered as AEARCTR-0006020.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Kim, Hyunjin and Chiara Spina. 2020. "Secrecy and willingness to acquire information." AEA RCT Registry. August 12. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5975-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
We randomly assign entrepreneurs to a competitively close or distant peer within an entrepreneurship training course to discuss their ventures and learn from each other.
Intervention Start Date
2020-08-29
Intervention End Date
2022-01-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Willingness to disclose information, engagement and learning from peer
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Firm performance outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomly assign entrepreneurs to peers in an entrepreneurship training program. Peers have a chance to exchange information as part of a pre-acceleration program.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Firm-level
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
600 entrepreneurial firms
Sample size: planned number of observations
600 entrepreneurial firms
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
300 control, 300 treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Indian School of Business
IRB Approval Date
2019-12-30
IRB Approval Number
ISB-IRB 2019-10