Education, COVID-19 and pro-social behavior: The effect of remote tutoring

Last registered on September 08, 2020


Trial Information

General Information

Education, COVID-19 and pro-social behavior: The effect of remote tutoring
Initial registration date
September 04, 2020

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
September 08, 2020, 9:38 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.



Primary Investigator

Yale University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Additional Trial Information

In development
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Secondary IDs
Colombian schools have been closed since March 15, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, causing concerns over the potential widening of the already large academic gaps between students from different socio-economic strata. We suggest an intervention aimed at narrowing these gaps by assigning online high school students as tutors to fifth graders from more disadvantaged backgrounds. Our intervention consists of two different components. First, we plan to evaluate the impact of tutoring on both academic outcomes, as well as non-cognitive ones for the tutees. Second, we will evaluate whether exposure to peers from lower-economic strata impacts the tutors views on poverty and redistribution of income.

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Registration Citation

Bernal Nisperuza , Gloria Lucia, Luz Karime Abadía Alvarado and Daniela Morar. 2020. "Education, COVID-19 and pro-social behavior: The effect of remote tutoring ." AEA RCT Registry. September 08.
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
The main outcomes we will collect are 1) the tutees' academic achievement (math and English test scores) and socio emotional characteristics; 2) the tutor's attitudes towards redistribution and poverty

Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will randomly assign tutors to fifth grade students.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization will be done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The randomization will be done at individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
We plan to have 100 tutors randomly assigned to 100 students.
Sample size: planned number of observations
We will have 100 tutors in the treatment ground and 100 in the control. Similarly, we will have 100 tutees in the treatment and 100 in the control.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We will have 100 tutees and 100 tutors that will be treated.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Universidad Javariana Research Ethics Committee
IRB Approval Date
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Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

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Program Files

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