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Unleveling the Playing-field? --Parents' Willingness to Give their Child an Advantage
Last registered on October 21, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Unleveling the Playing-field? --Parents' Willingness to Give their Child an Advantage
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006609
Initial registration date
October 20, 2020
Last updated
October 21, 2020 8:37 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Norwegian School og Economics
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2020-10-21
End date
2024-02-01
Secondary IDs
NHH-IRB 01/20, NSD:328704
Abstract
Parental involvement may hinder the meritocracy of otherwise merit based competitions among children. However, believing that other parents will help their children, interference may occur to ensure that one's child is not left at a disadvantage. This study aims to investigate to what degree parents want to provide their child an advantage in an originally meritocratic competition, and how their choice of whether or not to interfere in the competition (i.e. provide help) is affected by the possibility that other parents may help their children. If you as a parent were given the possibility to give your child an advantage, would you do it? Would you compromise the meritocracy of a competition to benefit your child?

To study this potential mechanism for why parents interfere in their children's educational attainment, I conduct a controlled lab-in-the-field experiment in Norwegian secondary schools. The subjects are 10th grade students and their parents.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Sund , Oda Kristine Storstad. 2020. "Unleveling the Playing-field? --Parents' Willingness to Give their Child an Advantage." AEA RCT Registry. October 21. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6609-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-10-21
Intervention End Date
2021-02-01
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Parents helping choice (0-10) and their beliefs about other parents' behavior. See section (6.1) and (6.3) in attached document.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
See section (6.3) and (6.1) in attached document.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
See section (6) in attached document.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
See section (6) in attached document.
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
See section (3) in attached document.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomized in oTree using random choice (treatment or control).
Randomization Unit
The individual (parent).
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
The targeted number of parents (including their child) to participate in the study is 900.
Sample size: planned number of observations
900 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
450 in both treatments.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
he Norwegian Center of Research Data (NSD)
IRB Approval Date
2020-01-07
IRB Approval Number
328704
IRB Name
Norwegian School of Economics’ Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2020-02-21
IRB Approval Number
01/20
Analysis Plan

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