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Social Media and the Formation of Policy Preferences: Experimental Evidence in the times of COVID-19
Last registered on August 04, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Social Media and the Formation of Policy Preferences: Experimental Evidence in the times of COVID-19
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006254
Initial registration date
July 31, 2020
Last updated
August 04, 2020 4:59 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University College Dublin
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University College Dublin
PI Affiliation
Collegio Carlo Alberto
PI Affiliation
University of Turin
PI Affiliation
Collegio Carlo Alberto
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-07-31
End date
2020-08-07
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This project studies the effect of social media on individuals' policy preferences. We study perceived endorsements, a central feature of social media, as evinced by common metrics of engagement: likes and retweets. Can the perceived engagement of social media messages affect how we evaluate policy choices? To answer this question, we will conduct an online controlled experiment with human subjects in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic policy trade-off.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Conzo, Pierluigi et al. 2020. "Social Media and the Formation of Policy Preferences: Experimental Evidence in the times of COVID-19." AEA RCT Registry. August 04. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6254-1.1.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-07-31
Intervention End Date
2020-08-07
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
See pdf
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
See pdf
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
See pdf
Randomization Unit
See pdf
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1500
Sample size: planned number of observations
1500
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
250 in each of the 6 treatment arms
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University College Dublin
IRB Approval Date
2020-07-29
IRB Approval Number
HS-E-20-134-Samahita
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Pre-Analysis Plan

MD5: c4531a7ca80698b5d4d06ba926be7512

SHA1: 0c12550ce86f31b358b589cb27d28140e1a2d91c

Uploaded At: July 31, 2020

Post-Trial
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
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS