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Gay Attitudes in the Developing World
Last registered on July 24, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Gay Attitudes in the Developing World
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006189
Initial registration date
July 23, 2020
Last updated
July 24, 2020 10:34 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Region
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
EBRD and King's College London
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
PI Affiliation
ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys
PI Affiliation
Vanderbilt University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-07-31
End date
2020-08-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The exclusion of sexual minorities (LGB: lesbian, gay, bisexual) from full participation in society with equal opportunity and dignity is an important human rights issue and one that is increasingly recognized by international bodies and national governments in all regions of the world. The recognition and achievement of human rights for LGB people is currently on the agenda of many European countries. For example, as of July 2020, sixteen European countries legally recognize and perform same-sex marriages (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and an additional fourteen European countries legally recognize some form of civil union (Andorra, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovenia, and Switzerland).

However, several Eastern European countries are lagging behind when it comes to recognizing the human rights of the LGB population and/or any form of same-sex unions. Therefore, this study aims to understand the public attitudes for the LGB population in three non-EU member Eastern European countries: Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine. In particular, this project aims to understand how attitudes towards the LGB population are affected by information treatments on (i) economic inclusion and (ii) debunking myths about sexual minorities. To do so, we will
conduct an online experiment, which will enable us to investigate differential information treatment effects on LGB attitudes.

External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Aksoy, Cevat Giray et al. 2020. "Gay Attitudes in the Developing World." AEA RCT Registry. July 24. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6189-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-07-31
Intervention End Date
2020-08-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
A set of of LGB attitude related outcomes
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
The experimental component of our research design consists of the random provision of information about the economic returns to having non-discriminatory policies on the basis of sexual orientation, on the status of homosexuality in the classifications of mental disorders and (as a “placebo” control treatment) on the population density of respondents' home countries. In particular, we randomly assign respondents to one of three information treatments that they receive at the beginning of the survey, right after a short question block eliciting basic demographics.

Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
3 groups
Sample size: planned number of observations
2100
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
700 respondents per treatment group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
King's College London
IRB Approval Date
2020-06-26
IRB Approval Number
MRA-19/20- 2010
Analysis Plan

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Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
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