Misperceptions about Interpersonal Dialogue in Social Networks

Last registered on April 16, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Misperceptions about Interpersonal Dialogue in Social Networks
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0006980
Initial registration date
January 01, 2021
Last updated
April 16, 2021, 2:01 PM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Oxford

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Harvard University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2020-11-12
End date
2021-05-15
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Misperceptions regarding the beliefs of peers may serve as a barrier preventing individuals from openly seeking advice regarding personal decisions. We study how these misperceptions may arise and how they may push society towards an inferior equilibrium. Using data from an experiment conducted with low-income individuals in New Delhi, India, we study how belief-shifting interventions can increase interpersonal dialogue.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Jain , Ronak and Vatsal Khandelwal. 2021. "Misperceptions about Interpersonal Dialogue in Social Networks." AEA RCT Registry. April 16. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.6980-2.1
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention will involve correcting misperceptions around willingness to engage in interpersonal dialogue among low-income individuals in urban India. Participants in the treatment group will receive information about the true average willingness to have an interpersonal dialogue among people living in their neighborhood.
Intervention Start Date
2021-03-15
Intervention End Date
2021-04-11

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Outcomes include self-reported willingness to engage with their community, Stigma, Self efficacy, Measures taken for Improving Own Health, Demand for Relevant Information, Cognitive Load etc. Follow up outcomes will include well being measures, interpersonal dialogue etc. All outcomes are listed in detail in the attached PAP.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Individuals will be randomly allocated into a control group which receives no information and a treatment group which will receive corrected beliefs about others' willingness to have interpersonal dialogue about mental and financial health.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Individuals will be randomly allocated to control and treatment groups, ensuring balance on their baseline characteristics such as age, gender, network degrees, household income, baseline beliefs, dialogue frequency, attitudes, and well being.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
350-500
Sample size: planned number of observations
350-500
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
~175-250 individuals in the control group, and ~175-250 in the treatment group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
DREC, Department of Economics, University of Oxford
IRB Approval Date
2020-10-21
IRB Approval Number
ECONC1A21-22-01
IRB Name
Harvard University Area (HUA)
IRB Approval Date
2020-10-28
IRB Approval Number
IRB19-2129
Analysis Plan

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

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