Labor-Market Concerns and Public Attitudes Towards Trade
Last registered on November 09, 2020

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Labor-Market Concerns and Public Attitudes Towards Trade
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006710
Initial registration date
November 05, 2020
Last updated
November 09, 2020 10:45 AM EST
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Inter-American Development Bank
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Inter-American Development Bank
PI Affiliation
Inter-American Development Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-09-25
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
How are public attitudes towards trade shaped by rhetoric and messaging, both in favor and against increased trade with other countries? Rodriguez Chatruc, Stein, and Vlaicu (2020) found that Latin Americans were very sensitive to negative information regarding potential job losses associated to trade. Positive framings highlighting trade benefits in terms of lower prices and access to a wider variety of goods and services, in contrast, had basically no impact. This project will study how people’s attitudes and beliefs change in response to framings that highlight potential employment losses (in import competing sectors) and to framings that highlight employment gains (in export-oriented sectors). To this end, we will conduct a large-scale survey experiment in eighteen Latin American countries.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Rodriguez Chatruc, Marisol, Ernesto Stein and Razvan Vlaicu. 2020. "Labor-Market Concerns and Public Attitudes Towards Trade." AEA RCT Registry. November 09. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6710-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)

Intervention Start Date
2020-11-01
Intervention End Date
2021-08-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Support for increasing trade, beliefs about impacts of trade in the economy
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Respondents to the Lapop Survey in each country will be randomly assigned to different framing groups and then will be asked about their support for increasing trade and about their beliefs about the impacts that trade has on the economy.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by an electronic device
Randomization Unit
Within each of the 18 countries, randomization will be done at the individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
18 countries
Sample size: planned number of observations
27,000 (1,500 individuals in each of the 18 countries)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
5,400 individuals per treatment arm in total and 300 individuals per treatment arm in each country
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Vanderbilt University Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2020-03-25
IRB Approval Number
200472