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Price dispersion in the remittance industry: The role of fintech, comparison shopping, and other factors
Last registered on March 04, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Price dispersion in the remittance industry: The role of fintech, comparison shopping, and other factors
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006475
Initial registration date
March 03, 2021
Last updated
March 04, 2021 6:37 AM EST
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Spelman College
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Duke University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-03-03
End date
2024-05-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Remittances to developing countries surpassed US$ 550 billion in 2019. Several micro-level studies have reported impacts of remittances on recipient households. So, there have been claims to reduce the price of sending money. Comparison websites, i.e., platforms like kayak.com but for sending money, have been proposed as a potential tool for reducing remittances prices; however, their impacts are likely to depend on the market failure in question. For example, if migrant consumers shop or search inefficiently, comparison websites are more likely to have an impact. On the other hand, if the market inefficiency is primarily driven by supply-side barriers such as the last-mile problem or regulation, comparison websites are less likely to have an impact. This project will assess whether comparison websites, and comparison shopping more generally, have the potential to impact the demand and supply sides of the remittance industry. In so doing, it will seek to describe consumer, firm, and industry characteristics that may moderate such impacts. The project will have three stages. The first stage, which is laid out in this version of the pre-analysis plan (PAP), will exploit existing data to do a first pass on the research questions. The second stage, which will be pre-registed as an updated version of this PAP, will collect primary data and additional secondary data to pin down causal factors. The final stage will incorporate findings from the first two stages to assess potential welfare impacts.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Viceisza, Angelino and Daniel Xu. 2021. "Price dispersion in the remittance industry: The role of fintech, comparison shopping, and other factors." AEA RCT Registry. March 04. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6475-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
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Intervention Start Date
2021-10-01
Intervention End Date
2022-12-31
Primary Outcomes
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Secondary Outcomes
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Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Spelman College
IRB Approval Date
2018-06-22
IRB Approval Number
6901D2
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
viceisza_xu_pap_mar2021.pdf

MD5: b84e557233c3316b45fce8228f976b03

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Uploaded At: March 03, 2021