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Communication During a Pandemic
Initial registration date
June 29, 2020
June 30, 2020 12:11 PM EDT
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Georgia State University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Barnard College, Columbia University
Additional Trial Information
Information-sharing and communication are key features of pandemics. In particular, people share information about the outbreaks, communicate with family and friends—be it either for support or not, including employers—be it formal and informal etc., with implications for welfare. We deploy and fielded high frequency phone surveys and interventions that provide either a “lump-sum phone calling credit” or “weekly phone calling credit” to households during COVID-19 in Ghana. These allow us to relax binding communication barriers and estimate the causal impact of information-communication on households’ communication-risk sharing, expenditure, mental wellbeing and gender relations. We add to the space of potentially resilient policy initiatives aimed at tackling pandemics.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date
Primary Outcomes (end points)
(1) general information and (mis) beliefs about COVID19
(2) information and communication-sharing (value, as measured by: unmitigated calls) (3) expenditures on and conditional transfers (4) mental health, happiness and gender relations (5) using phone for communication, discussing information about COVID19, communication and transfer motives: pure charity versus conditional reciprocity
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
2 experimental treatments (lump-sum phone calling credit vs weekly phone calling credit) and 1 control program, stratified by localities (or districts)
Experimental Design Details
computer softwares and simple lotteries
Was the treatment clustered?
Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
668 individuals for control, 666 individuals for treatment program 1, and 666 individuals for treatment program 2
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
Georgia State University
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number