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Oaxaca Hope Project
Last registered on May 29, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Oaxaca Hope Project
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000721
Initial registration date
May 28, 2015
Last updated
May 29, 2015 5:42 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of San Francisco
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of San Francisco
PI Affiliation
UC Davis
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2015-05-25
End date
2016-09-16
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We investigate the role that hope, aspirations, and other character virtues play in helping augment the impact of microfinance loans. While previous approaches in development economics have emphasized providing services and infrastructure to the poor, our research takes a novel approach by investigating the role of character virtues in economic development. We will employ a randomized controlled trial (RCT) among women in Zapotec communities who are part of a faith-based microfinance program in Oaxaca, Mexico. In this randomized trial among 50 community banks, the 25 treated community banks will view an inspirational documentary featuring four successful borrowers in the program, embark on a goal-setting exercise, and learn from a 4-week curriculum based on the three components of hope from Snyder (1994) then applying the principles of hope to a set of case studies involving women in microfinance.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Cassar, Alessandra, Travis Lybbert and Bruce Wydick. 2015. "Oaxaca Hope Project." AEA RCT Registry. May 29. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.721-2.0.
Former Citation
Cassar, Alessandra, Travis Lybbert and Bruce Wydick. 2015. "Oaxaca Hope Project." AEA RCT Registry. May 29. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/721/history/4332.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
A "hope" intervention consisting of an inspirational documentary, a goal-setting exercise, and a 4-week hope-based curriculum.
Intervention Start Date
2015-05-28
Intervention End Date
2015-07-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
i) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on overall happiness.
ii) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on hopefulness about future.
iii) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on index of 5 aspirations questions.
iv) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on index of 5 questions related to self-efficacy and perception of ability and 2 questions related to efficacy of civic participation.
v) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on index of 5 questions related to ability to conceptualize avenues out of poverty.
vi) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on index of 3 questions related to future orientation (increasing future orientation)
vii) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on index of 3 questions related to risk aversion (decreasing risk aversion)
viii) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on index of 3 questions related to spiritual orientation.
ix) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on weekly hours devoted to business.
x) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on weekly sales.
xi) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on weekly savings in community bank.
xii) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on loan demand from community bank.
xiii) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on treated sum of squares relative to total sum of squares in matrix related to impact of effort versus luck in business sales.
xiv) H0/Ha: No impact/positive impact of hope intervention on structural parameters of the following aspirations-based utility function from Lybbert and Wydick (2015):

Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Variables will be constructed from responses on the field survey, often a 0-10 scale for psychological questions, business variables such as sales, loan demand, and savings. Estimations will be carried out on individual questions as well as the indexed family of questions.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We will randomize our hope intervention over 50 community banks. Banks are matched based in order of priority on a) loan officer, b) size, c) number of loan cycles, and d) type of business according to the importance of these factors as relayed by loan officers. Treatment banks will receive the full hope-based intervention as described above. Surveys are at baseline, with followup at 1 month, 6 months, and 12 months.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Banks are formed into statistically matching pairs, with each member of a pair being A or B. Coin flip in office determines treatment group.
Randomization Unit
Community bank-level randomization.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
50 community banks
Sample size: planned number of observations
650
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
25 banks treatment, 25 banks control.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
University of San Francisco IRB
IRB Approval Date
2015-05-22
IRB Approval Number
IRB Protocol #459
Analysis Plan

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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