Business Collaborations and Female Entrepreneurship

Last registered on December 21, 2021


Trial Information

General Information

Business Collaborations and Female Entrepreneurship
Initial registration date
September 11, 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 11, 2020, 11:58 AM EDT

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

Last updated
December 21, 2021, 4:20 PM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.



Primary Investigator

Northwestern University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Ghana Business School
PI Affiliation
University of Ghana
PI Affiliation
Northwestern University

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
We conduct an RCT in Ghana on a sample of 2000 female entrepreneurs of SMEs to investigate the effects of an online matching service combined with access to legal information and advisory services on collaborations, firm innovation and performance. The study sample will consist of female entrepreneurs who have applied to the COVID-19 Stimulus Fund offered by our our NGO partners, Women's Empowerment & Investment Group (WEIG), Annan Capital Partners (ACP), and GUBA Foundation, for business grants of $2,000-$5,000 between June 1st and August 31st 2020. The support programs will begin in February. Data will be collected by phone surveys in November 2020, June 2021 and in December 2021.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Asiedu, Edward et al. 2021. "Business Collaborations and Female Entrepreneurship." AEA RCT Registry. December 21.
Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Inter-firm collaboration
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We randomize the matching and legal support to 1772 female entrepreneurs who applied to the COVID 19 Stimulus Fund offered by our partner NGOs. This sample will be surveyed at baseline, after six months and in one year after the end of the intervention.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in Stata
Randomization Unit
Randomize at individual level into matching groups, matching+legal support, and control
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
167 groups of 8 individuals
436 individuals not in groups
Sample size: planned number of observations
1772 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
436 individuals control, 704 individuals matching support, 632 individuals in matching+legal support
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Ghana Ethics Committee for the Humanities
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
ECH 029/ 20-21
IRB Name
Northwestern University IRB
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan

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Post Trial Information

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Is the intervention completed?
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

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Program Files

Program Files
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