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ESG and Corporate Bailouts: September 2020 Survey
Last registered on September 29, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
ESG and Corporate Bailouts: September 2020 Survey
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006542
Initial registration date
September 29, 2020
Last updated
September 29, 2020 7:31 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-09-29
End date
2020-10-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This project aims to understand whether and how perceptions and salience about corporate ESG affect support for corporate bailouts and related policies.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Colonnelli, Emanuele and Niels Gormsen. 2020. "ESG and Corporate Bailouts: September 2020 Survey." AEA RCT Registry. September 29. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6542-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
This project aims to understand whether and how perceptions and salience about corporate ESG affect support for corporate bailouts and related policies. Compared to the May 2020 survey, this survey aims at (a) replicating the main results of our original study at a different point in time and (b) obtaining additional outcome measures, namely costly behavioral actions and open-ended questions.
Intervention Start Date
2020-09-29
Intervention End Date
2020-10-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Our main outcomes are the questions on support for corporate bailouts. We ask the same self-reported question we asked in May 2020 (support for corporate bailouts from 0 to 10). Importantly, we added three more questions aimed at measuring “support for bailouts”, involving a real (costly) action from the respondent. First, we ask whether they would like to donate part of their winnings (via a lottery) to a non-profit organization (Business Roundtable) that represents executives of large American corporations (as a way to capture not just the support for a specific policy, like bailouts, but more broadly a change in attitude towards supporting large corporations). Second, we ask whether they would like to sign a petition that asks the House of Representatives and the Senate to provide additional bailout money to large corpo- rations. Third, we ask them to give us the OK to send a message to Senators of their choice, with their name in the signature, asking to support or oppose bailouts (we think our treatment will make it less likely to sign the support email, and more likely to sign the oppose email).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
We will analyze open-ended questions using primarily LDA machine learning algorithms. That is, we plan to classify profiles based on the responses, and see whether our treatment is more likely to lead to a specific profile (e.g. respondents who don't trust corporations or the government).
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This project aims to understand whether and how perceptions and salience about corporate ESG affect support for corporate bailouts and related policies.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The randomization is done by our research partner using a computer.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
2000 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
2000 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1000 control, 1000 ESG-Neg
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
The University of Chicago Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2020-09-28
IRB Approval Number
IRB20-0543-AM003 (exempt)
Analysis Plan

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