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Using a Returns to Education Campaign to Bring Youth Back to School: A Pilot Replication in Times of COVID-19
Last registered on April 15, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Using a Returns to Education Campaign to Bring Youth Back to School: A Pilot Replication in Times of COVID-19
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007555
Initial registration date
April 14, 2021
Last updated
April 15, 2021 6:19 AM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Princeton University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-04-15
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
One of the most difficult challenges facing education policy is reintegrating children who have dropped out of school. As children spend more time outside of school, addressing this public issue becomes more difficult. Previous studies have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of information campaigns about the benefits of education in reducing school dropout rates, but little research has been done on the effectiveness of the same approach in bringing children back to school. In this study, we collaborated with Chile's Ministry of Education to create a digital curriculum that explains the benefits of finishing school and the wage disparities between people with different levels of education. We grant guardians of children who are not in school access to the online platform at random to see how it affects re-enrollment decisions.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Gallego, Francisco and Christopher Neilson. 2021. "Using a Returns to Education Campaign to Bring Youth Back to School: A Pilot Replication in Times of COVID-19." AEA RCT Registry. April 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7555-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The Ministry of Education will implement an informative campaign for guardians of children out of school. A group of guardians will receive a link to a web page with information about the school enrollment process and the seats available at each school. The second group will receive a link to a digital informative curriculum, inside an online platform, that will contain information about the benefits of completing higher education and wage disparities between people with different levels of education. Using the platform requires watching videos, analyzing infographics, and completing tasks. This platform will also contain the link to the web page with information about the school enrollment process and the seats available at each school.
Intervention Start Date
2021-04-19
Intervention End Date
2021-04-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
School enrollment rate
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Percentage of students enrolled at school
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Guardians will be randomly divided into two groups of the same size. The first group will receive access to the web page with information about the school enrollment process and the seats available at each school, the second group will receive access to the digital curriculum. Randomization will be done at the individual level and stratified by sex, socioeconomic status categories, last school grade, geographic categories, and the source of the sample.

Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
Guardian
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
7053
Sample size: planned number of observations
7053
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Basic intervention group: 3527
Online platform group: 3526
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
MDE: 0.0334 pp SD: 0.5 Baseline mean: 0.1
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Comité Ético Científico de Ciencias Sociales, Artes y Humanidades de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
IRB Approval Date
2021-04-14
IRB Approval Number
210115003