The Survey of Study Abroad Interest of Chinese Undergraduates

Last registered on February 01, 2021


Trial Information

General Information

The Survey of Study Abroad Interest of Chinese Undergraduates
Initial registration date
January 30, 2021

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
February 01, 2021, 10:40 AM EST

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



Primary Investigator

Columbia University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Chinese University of Finance and Economics
PI Affiliation
Brown University

Additional Trial Information

In development
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Secondary IDs
We are investigating the study abroad interests of Chinese undergraduates at the broad level. We are targeting a broad range of universities in China at different places randomly. Specifically, we wish to find out the factors that influence students' decision making, what is the behind the study abroad motive, what do students expect in return for this sizable investment. We also plan to study from the perspective of education policy making, will excessive promotion of study abroad cause a brain drain effect in China? If so, what can policy makers, university officials do to mediate the action? In a series of questions asked in the survey, we anticipate implications can be drawn.
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Registration Citation

He, Dean, Suhong Yang and Xiaoyang Ye . 2021. "The Survey of Study Abroad Interest of Chinese Undergraduates." AEA RCT Registry. February 01.
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Study location/major/school choice/motivational factors/policy simulation
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We have a predesigned survey to distribute to anywhere between 10-20 universities across provinces in China.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
The survey request will be sent out to a list of universities who have participating interests, and those who eventually opt in to take the surveys will be our targets of investigation.
Randomization Unit
By university/student
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
3000 students or more in total
Sample size: planned number of observations
3000 survey response
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
30 schools or so, and 100 students from each school
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

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Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

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