Digital Training for Micro-Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from an RCT in Guatemala

Last registered on January 19, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Digital Training for Micro-Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from an RCT in Guatemala
Initial registration date
June 24, 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
June 25, 2021, 1:38 PM EDT

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

Last updated
January 19, 2022, 9:45 AM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.



Primary Investigator

University of Notre Dame

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Notre Dame
PI Affiliation
IDB Invest
PI Affiliation
IDB Invest

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
This project uses a field experiment to measure the causal impact of a low-cost digital training program for micro-entrepreneurs in Guatemala’s food retail sector on business knowledge, business practices, profitability, and empowerment. The experiment tests for the potential mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of digital training, including educational attainment, gender, and previous business experience.
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Registration Citation

Estefan, Alejandro et al. 2022. "Digital Training for Micro-Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Evidence from an RCT in Guatemala." AEA RCT Registry. January 19.
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Experimental Details


Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Business profitability
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
1. Business knowledge
2. Business practices
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The experiment comprises a single treatment that consists of (1) a digital training program administered through a mobile phone application and (2) personalized mentoring sessions with professional consultants. The digital training program comprises several video capsules on business management, including topics like financial management, marketing, and operations.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
We will perform computer randomization to assign franchises into the treatment or control group. Randomization will be stratified. Using Stata, set a seed to the random number 327195.
Randomization Unit
"Casas del Pollo Rey" franchises.
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
800 franchises.
Sample size: planned number of observations
800 franchises.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
400 franchises control, 400 franchises digital training.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Notre Dame, Office of Research Compliance
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number