DOES POLICY COMMUNICATION DURING COVID WORK?

Last registered on June 10, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
DOES POLICY COMMUNICATION DURING COVID WORK?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005989
Initial registration date
June 09, 2020
Last updated
June 10, 2020, 10:41 AM EDT

Locations

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Texas at Austin

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
PI Affiliation

Additional Trial Information

Status
Completed
Start date
2020-01-01
End date
2020-04-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We study how new information about fiscal and monetary policy responses to the crisis affects households’ expectations. We provide random subsets of participants in the Nielsen Homescan panel with different combinations of information about the severity of the pandemic, recent actions by the Federal Reserve, stimulus measures, as well as recommendations from health officials. This experiment allows us to assess to what extent these policy announcements alter the beliefs and spending plans of households.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Coibion, Olivier, Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Michael Weber. 2020. "DOES POLICY COMMUNICATION DURING COVID WORK? ." AEA RCT Registry. June 10. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5989-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We provide different subsets of survey participants with information about the covid and/or fiscal, monetary, and health policy responses
Intervention Start Date
2020-04-04
Intervention End Date
2020-04-12

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Expectations of households
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Participants are randomly assigned to groups. Each group gets provided with different information treatment regarding the disease and/or policy responses. Expectations of households are measured before and after treatment.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done by Nielsen.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
13,371
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1500 individuals
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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