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Citizens against corruption
Last registered on November 18, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Citizens against corruption
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006543
Initial registration date
November 17, 2020
Last updated
November 18, 2020 10:03 AM EST
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Istanbul Technical University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-10-31
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study is about a smartphone App which provides information on administrative processes to citizens in Burkina Faso. The App was designed to ease administrative tasks and shelter citizens against bribery and day-to-day corruption. We will randomize the access to the App within a pool of interested individuals recruited via Facebook and other channel, and will measure outcomes related to the administrative processes conducted by the participants, including bribery paid.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Hilger, Anne and Quentin Stoeffler. 2020. "Citizens against corruption." AEA RCT Registry. November 18. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6543-1.0.
Sponsors & Partners
Sponsor(s)
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention is the free provision of a smartphone App which includes information on several administrative processes, such as obtaining a national identity card or a driving license, in Burkina Faso.
Intervention Start Date
2020-11-25
Intervention End Date
2021-04-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
- administrative tasks succeeded (#)
- time to complete administrative tasks (days)
- number of visits to administration per task (#)
- total cost paid to the administration per task
- bribery paid for administrative tasks (0/1)
- total bribery amount for administrative tasks (log, CFA)
- support of other individuals for administrative tasks (#)
- success from other individuals supported in administrative tasks (#)
- bribery paid by these individuals for administrative tasks (0/1)
- total bribery paid by these individuals for administrative tasks (log, CFA)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
- administrative tasks started (#)
- distance travelled per task (km)
- total other costs per task (transportation, etc.)
- support from peer for tasks (0/1)
- use of intermediary (0/1)
- initiation of bribery demand (0/1)
- reason for asking bribes
- perceived easiness and confidence during the administrative process (see below)
- bribery paid for other reasons (e.g. for trafic violation)
- time for administrative process for individuals helped with administrative tasks (days)
- total other bribery amount (e.g. for trafic violation) (log, CFA)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
- use of intermediary (as individuals receiving bribes: question 4.1k)
- initiation of bribery demand: question 4.1n
- reason for asking bribes: question 4.1o.
- perceived easiness and confidence during the administrative process: perceived on a scale from "very difficult" to "very easy" (question 4.1p) and "not comfortable at all" to "very comfortable" (question 4.1q); see questionnaire attached
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Access to the App was randomized at the individual level by the App provider (ONE).
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization will be conducted in the office by the PI using a computer using the baseline survey data.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
There are no clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
2,500
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1250 individuals in the treatment group, 1250 individuals in the control group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Power calculations indicate a required sample of 2500 (1250 for each of the treatment and control arms) to reach a decrease in average bribery amounts by 25%.
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IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Comité d'éthique Institutionnel pour la recherche en sciences de la santé
IRB Approval Date
2020-11-05
IRB Approval Number
48-2020/CEIRES
Analysis Plan

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