Wins and Losses in Collective Actions: Evidence from the Field

Last registered on June 14, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Wins and Losses in Collective Actions: Evidence from the Field
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007474
Initial registration date
June 10, 2021
Last updated
June 14, 2021, 11:34 AM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Max Planck Insitute for Tax Law and Public Finance

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-04-15
End date
2021-09-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Global warming, deforestation, destruction of wildlife, etc. - all represent problems which require coordination on a global level to be successfully resolved. At the same time, they also have their representation on a smaller scale (e.g. on a local level). We study, using a field experiment, whether the experience of participation in asmall-scale collective action affects the willingness to contribute in a related but larger collective action. Particularly, we are interested in the motivational and demotivational effects of having achieved a "small win" or having failed to do so, on scaling-up the collective effort, and the relative magnitude of these effects.Furthermore, we investigate whether success (failure) in the smaller scale collective action has heterogeneous effects on participants with different initial propensity to contribute.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Meiske, Biljana and Raisa Sherif. 2021. "Wins and Losses in Collective Actions: Evidence from the Field." AEA RCT Registry. June 14. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7474-1.0
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Assignment to a group which achieves a threshold level of contributions or fails to do so in a threshold public good game. For details please see the attached analysis plan.
Intervention Start Date
2021-04-15
Intervention End Date
2021-09-15

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Contributions to the threshold public good game.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Two stage threshold public good games. For details please see the attached analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Randomization on individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
N.A.
Sample size: planned number of observations
Aimed: 2500 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Aimed:
1000 students in "winning" treatment;
1000 students in "losing" treatment;
500 students in baseline;
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Ethics Commission Department of Economics LMU M√ľnchen
IRB Approval Date
2021-03-03
IRB Approval Number
2021-04
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

PAP_Wins and losses in collective actions Evidence from the field.pdf

MD5: f81572ca8ab4fe595e8a7466ce7a7eed

SHA1: 6a52eb06bdec85c136fffdfe89a526bd44185d2b

Uploaded At: June 11, 2021

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Post Trial Information

Study Withdrawal

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials

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