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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
Location(s)

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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.
External Link(s)
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
Not available
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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