Examining Barriers to Access of Social Pensions in India

Last registered on June 22, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Examining Barriers to Access of Social Pensions in India
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000741
Initial registration date
June 22, 2015
Last updated
June 22, 2015, 12:47 PM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Harvard University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2015-06-25
End date
2016-01-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Ensuring the well-being of particularly vulnerable groups in society remains an important priority and challenge for all governments, especially in developing countries. Oftentimes, even when welfare schemes are available, they are not taken up by those who could benefit from them most. In India, widows and abandoned women living in poverty are a particularly disadvantaged group. While there are national and state-level non-contributory pension schemes to assist these women, evidence suggests that the majority of eligible women do not obtain their pension entitlements. This Delhi-based research project aims to understand barriers citizens face in selecting into this entitlement program by testing the effectiveness of providing information and/or various forms of assistance with the application process.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Ringwala, Sarika. 2015. "Examining Barriers to Access of Social Pensions in India." AEA RCT Registry. June 22. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.741-1.0
Former Citation
Ringwala, Sarika and Sarika Ringwala. 2015. "Examining Barriers to Access of Social Pensions in India." AEA RCT Registry. June 22. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/741/history/4552
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2015-08-10
Intervention End Date
2015-09-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Our key outcomes of interest are whether or not the individual applies for enrollment into the pension scheme and whether or not her application is successful. We will look for heterogeneous affects along baseline characteristics, such as literacy, family size, empowerment, and employment. In addition, our end-line survey will capture how our subjects were treated by government officers while applying, whether the system was easy or difficult to navigate, and any issues of corruption or discrimination that arise. This will help us understand the entire process of selection into such welfare programs more clearly.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Women who are eligible for the pension scheme and are currently not enrolled will be identified via a baseline survey in several slum areas throughout Delhi. These women will then be randomly assigned to treatment and control groups.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization will be done on the computer (in Stata).
Randomization Unit
Randomization will occur at the individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Approximately 2000 women
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 2000 women
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approximately 400 women in control and 400 in each of 4 treatment groups.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Harvard University-Area Committee on the Use of Human Subjects
IRB Approval Date
2015-06-10
IRB Approval Number
IRB15-1983

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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