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Communication During a Pandemic
Last registered on June 30, 2020

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Communication During a Pandemic
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006104
Initial registration date
June 29, 2020
Last updated
June 30, 2020 12:11 PM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Georgia State University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Barnard College, Columbia University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-07-01
End date
2020-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
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.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Annan, Francis and Belinda Archibong. 2020. "Communication During a Pandemic." AEA RCT Registry. June 30. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6104-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-08-15
Intervention End Date
2020-09-15
Primary Outcomes
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
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
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
Not available
Randomization Method
computer softwares and simple lotteries
Randomization Unit
(household) individual-level
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
130
Sample size: planned number of observations
2000
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)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Georgia State University
IRB Approval Date
2020-05-06
IRB Approval Number
H20668