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The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Egypt
Last registered on April 01, 2017

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Egypt
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000069
Initial registration date
September 16, 2013
Last updated
April 01, 2017 4:31 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
MIT
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
UIUC
PI Affiliation
Columbia GSB
Additional Trial Information
Status
Completed
Start date
2011-07-01
End date
2014-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This project uses a randomized field experiment in Egypt to examine the channels through which increasing market access can drive economic growth and reduce poverty. We focus on a particular export promotion intervention designed to match Egyptian Artisan carpet makers with Western buyers and evaluate several dimensions of the intervention. First, we explore whether increasing market access via exporting has a causal effect on enterprise performance. Second, we analyze the key firm-specific factors that are conducive for export success (vital information for improving the efficacy of such market access programs). Third, we examine if export market access increase the level and reduces the volatility of income during a period of violence and political instability.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Atkin, David, Amit Khandelwal and Adam Osman. 2017. "The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Egypt." AEA RCT Registry. April 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.69-3.0.
Former Citation
Atkin, David et al. 2017. "The Impact of Exporting: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Egypt." AEA RCT Registry. April 01. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/69/history/15666.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2011-08-01
Intervention End Date
2014-08-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Income, income volatility, productivity, quality, export success
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Our intervention involves providing SMEs in the treatment group with a packet of initial trial orders generated by a extensive marketing effort.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
SME
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1
Sample size: planned number of observations
305 in sample 1, 140 in sample 2
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
158 treatment in sample 1, 35 treatment in sample 2
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Yale Human Subjects Committee
IRB Approval Date
2013-02-07
IRB Approval Number
1001006247
IRB Name
Columbia University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2012-10-16
IRB Approval Number
AAAE9678
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
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REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS