Mobilisation for Skill Training: Experimental Evidence from Bihar

Last registered on January 19, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Mobilisation for Skill Training: Experimental Evidence from Bihar
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006003
Initial registration date
June 18, 2020

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
June 18, 2020, 11:23 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
January 19, 2022, 4:42 AM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Warwick

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Warwick
PI Affiliation
University of Warwick
PI Affiliation
University of Warwick

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2019-12-01
End date
2022-09-30
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
DDU-GKY is a large-scale training programme in India. It is targeted at the rural poor youth, and combines short-term training with guaranteed job placement and faces two problems. Its promoters believe that enrolment is too low and struggle to convince millions of rural young poor workers to join the government-sponsored training-cum placement programme. At the same time, a large share of those who join drop out during the training programme and the initial months of job placement. We survey potential candidates after they have been briefed about the programme and measure their expectations about the location and the salary of the jobs offered post-training. We then randomly provide information on the actual distribution of job locations, salaries or both and estimate its effect on candidates expectations and willingness to join the programme. This design allows us to evaluate experimentally how misinformation distorts joining decisions and how it affects the targeting of the program. It will also provide estimates of how much potential candidates value the location of the jobs offered and how this value differs across socioeconomic groups.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Bhatiya, Apurav Yash et al. 2022. "Mobilisation for Skill Training: Experimental Evidence from Bihar." AEA RCT Registry. January 19. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6003
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We conduct an experimental study using a randomised controlled trial (RCT), to evaluate how information about two crucial aspects of the jobs (distribution of wages and job location) affects training enrollment and completion decisions. These interventions attempt to reduce the mismatch between candidates’ expectations and the employment opportunities offered by the programme.
Intervention Start Date
2019-12-01
Intervention End Date
2022-01-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
The main outcomes are measured using baseline and two followup survey data.
1) Posterior distribution of wage and job location at the end of training.
2) Probability of enrollment at the training centre.
3) Admission at the training centre.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary outcomes are measured in the baseline and the two followup surveys.
1) Expected earnings, occupation, location in 12 months from baseline if you enroll.
2) Expected earnings, occupation, location in 12 months from baseline if you don’t enroll.
3) Visit to the training centre.
4) Posterior probability to join the training centre.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Candidates are enrollled in training programmes through mobilisation camps organized at the village/panchayat/block level. The control group receives basic information about the training programme, accommodation and food facilities during the training. The three treatment groups receive information on the distribution of wages (1), distribution of job location (2), and both distribution on wages and job location (3).
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization was done within the tablet based on the second at which the baseline survey starts.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
840
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
420
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee., University of Warwick
IRB Approval Date
2019-10-24
IRB Approval Number
HSS 36/17-18 AM03
IRB Name
JPAL, IFMR, India
IRB Approval Date
2019-12-02
IRB Approval Number
IRB00007107; FWA00014616; IORG0005894
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