Motivating Beliefs and Redistribution

Last registered on September 17, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Motivating Beliefs and Redistribution
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006421
Initial registration date
September 16, 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 17, 2020, 8:07 AM EDT

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Paris School of Economics

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2020-09-18
End date
2020-09-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study tests for the role of motivated belief formation in redistributive behavior using an online-experiment.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Lobeck, Max. 2020. "Motivating Beliefs and Redistribution." AEA RCT Registry. September 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6421
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-09-18
Intervention End Date
2020-09-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Participant's belief to be in the performance environment
Amount redistributed by the Participant from Worker A to Worker B (Dictator game part of the experiment)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Participants engage in a real-effort task either in a world where higher performance increases the chance to win a high bonus or in a world where performance is independent of receiving a bonus. They then receive a noisy signal about the true state of the world. I subsequently elicit their belief and ask subjects to participate in a dictator game.
Experimental Design Details
Main treatment variation (between subject) is whether the subject knows at the point of belief elicitation that they have to engage in another task later in the experiment. Other treatment variation is whether the signal indicates that it is more or less likely that they are in an environment that rewards effort. See attached document for more details.
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
500 individuals, recruited on Prolific
Sample size: planned number of observations
500
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
250 people in the motive group and 250 people in the no-motive-group
175 people receive a positive signal and 325 people receive a negative signal (50% of each are from the motive and no-motive-group)
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Institutional Review Board of Paris School of Economics
IRB Approval Date
2020-06-05
IRB Approval Number
2020-015
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Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
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