Understanding, Attitudes and Behaviour: Old-age Security in Germany

Last registered on May 07, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Understanding, Attitudes and Behaviour: Old-age Security in Germany
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006804
Initial registration date
November 23, 2020

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
November 23, 2020, 10:31 AM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Last updated
May 07, 2021, 2:30 AM EDT

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
PI Affiliation
University of Mannheim
PI Affiliation
University of Mannheim

Additional Trial Information

Status
Completed
Start date
2020-11-20
End date
2021-05-03
Secondary IDs
Abstract
With this experiment we aim to investigate whether the evaluation of policy reforms regarding the German public pension system changes, when participants are confronted with the demographic change in Germany in a control and treatment group setting as part of a survey experiment. Furthermore, the role of understanding about and attitudes towards the pension system is analyzed.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Aprea, Carmela et al. 2021. "Understanding, Attitudes and Behaviour: Old-age Security in Germany." AEA RCT Registry. May 07. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6804
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-11-20
Intervention End Date
2021-05-03

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Evaluation of policy changes concerning the German pension system
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The participants are randomly sorted into one of the two treatment groups or into the control group. Treatment group A is asked about its prior beliefs of the number of citizens in retirement age per 100 citizens in working age in the years 2020 and 2050. Then this group is provided with the true information. Treatment group B is also asked about its prior beliefs, but does not receive any information. The control group is not asked about its prior beliefs and is not confronted in other ways with the topic of demographic change.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
randomization done by a computer
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
1000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
approximately 330 individuals for each experimental group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
IRB of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
IRB Approval Date
2020-11-03
IRB Approval Number
N/A

Post-Trial

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

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