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Labor market challenges for small and women-led businesses in times of crises: Evidence from Tanzania
Last registered on August 10, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Labor market challenges for small and women-led businesses in times of crises: Evidence from Tanzania
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006260
Initial registration date
August 08, 2020
Last updated
August 10, 2020 10:47 AM EDT
Location(s)
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Connecticut
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2019-09-01
End date
2022-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study aims to understand the effects on women’s financial inclusion and labor market decisions during COVID-19. We collect information on women working at markets in relevant wards in Tanzania. Our sample is a representative selection of female entrepreneurs in these markets because more than 96 percent of women in our baseline sample owned the business they were working at. This will enable us to gain a clear idea of the economic impact on these women during the COVID-19 crises.

External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Fiala, Nathan and Annekathrin Schoofs. 2020. "Labor market challenges for small and women-led businesses in times of crises: Evidence from Tanzania." AEA RCT Registry. August 10. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6260-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Women entrepreneurs were randomly chosen to receive a free e-bank and savings account, which is only accessible to the woman. She is able to make transactions at a local bank branch or through a mobile network, keeping transactions as private as she would like. In addition to providing e-bank and savings accounts, we also experimentally varied the involvement of the husband by offering the same savings product but with their husbands being informed about. Finally, in some households, both spouses were invited to a training program that aims to improve the quality of household decision-making.
Intervention Start Date
2019-10-01
Intervention End Date
2019-11-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Income, productive time use, savings, subjective resilience, and food security
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Business performance, aspirations, emergency funds, financial autonomy, intra-household dynamics, migration, and mental health
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Eligible women who consented to participate were randomly allocated to either of the three treatment arms or to the control group.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Computer-generated randomization
Randomization Unit
Individual randomization
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
n.a.
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,706
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
303 private account, 317 "announced" account, 351 "announced" account and training sessions on family dynamics and cooperation, 294 control group, and another 441 pure control markets
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Innovations for Poverty Action
IRB Approval Date
2018-07-17
IRB Approval Number
14693
Analysis Plan

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