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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
Last updated
September 17, 2020 8:07 AM EDT
Location(s)
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.6421-1.0.
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
Analysis Plan

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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