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SME Trade Credit Information
Last registered on May 03, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
SME Trade Credit Information
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000711
Initial registration date
May 03, 2015
Last updated
May 03, 2015 10:32 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Stanford University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2015-05-25
End date
2016-09-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Trade credit from suppliers is an important form financing for firms, but in developing countries it is limited due to the lack of trust and information available to lenders and poor functioning of the legal system. We are interested in understanding the barriers to trade credit access and evaluating programs that help alleviate the problem, in the setting of retail SMEs.

External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Li, Qian(Sindy). 2015. "SME Trade Credit Information." AEA RCT Registry. May 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.711-2.0.
Former Citation
Li, Qian(Sindy). 2015. "SME Trade Credit Information." AEA RCT Registry. May 03. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/711/history/4216.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2015-08-01
Intervention End Date
2015-09-04
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Access to credit: fraction of ordering that is ordered on credit, fraction of goods ordered on credit, fraction of suppliers giving credit, average length of credit terms.
2. Repayment behavior: average number of days delayed.
2. Business growth: revenue, profit, number of products.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We will survey retail SMEs and their suppliers to understand the barriers to trade credit access and evaluate programs that help alleviate the problem.
Experimental Design Details
I study the demand for and impact of a voluntary trade credit information sharing system for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya, by means of randomized encouragement of take-up. I focus on the program's effect in helping firms access trade credit and in disciplining firms' repayment behavior.
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The largest unit is cluster of shops. Some clusters will be randomized into pure controls, some pure treatments (all treated), some will be partially treated (randomized again at the shop level).
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1000 shops, about 100 clusters.
Sample size: planned number of observations
1000 shops
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
500 firms treated
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
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 and Papers
Preliminary Reports
Relevant Papers