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Student Advising and Gender Differences in University Decisions
Last registered on November 30, 2020

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Student Advising and Gender Differences in University Decisions
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006834
Initial registration date
November 29, 2020
Last updated
November 30, 2020 11:32 AM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Chicago
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2020-11-09
End date
2020-12-18
Secondary IDs
Abstract
There remain large differences in what men and women choose to study in university. These differences in major choice are often attributed to preferences and can explain part of the gender wage gap. This study tests whether the advice one receives perpetuates existing gender differences in academic preferences. The study consists of two parts. In the first part, teachers and counsellors are recruited to provide students with advice about university. In the second part of the study, I survey students before and after they see their own guidance counsellor to document what type of information they receive and whether their preferences change.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Sarsons, Heather. 2020. "Student Advising and Gender Differences in University Decisions." AEA RCT Registry. November 30. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6834-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2020-11-16
Intervention End Date
2020-12-11
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Advisors will provide three program recommendations, suggestions about major within their program recommendations, and can also give a free-form response. I will test for differences in each of these outcomes.

I will also ask students to list their interests and the programs they are interested in applying for.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
- the fraction of a program's graduates who are female
- whether the counsellor requested more information to help advise the student (and what information they asked for)
- counsellor's reasons for giving the recommendations s/he gave
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Advisors will be shown a series of four student profiles (randomly chosen from a set of ~40-50). They will be asked to record the advice they give to the student.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
computer
Randomization Unit
individual profile
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A
Sample size: planned number of observations
350 advisors
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
125 in each treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of Chicago
IRB Approval Date
2020-11-10
IRB Approval Number
IRB20-1723
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS