Public support for rent control

Last registered on April 23, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Public support for rent control
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007596
Initial registration date
April 22, 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
April 23, 2021, 11:14 AM EDT

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Ifo Institute and LMU Munich
PI Affiliation
Ifo Institute

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-04-23
End date
2022-02-28
Secondary IDs
Abstract
In this research project, we want to examine the determinants of public support for rent control policies. By means of a randomized survey experiment among a representative sample of 18,000 eligible voters in Germany, we aim at getting a better understanding of how
people reason about regulation in the housing market. In the survey experiment, we will confront participants with different aspects of the housing market in Berlin, rent control and its consequences and subsequently elicit their attitudes towards the
Berlin rent cap (a rent control policy introduced in Berlin in 2020 and overturned by the Federal Constitutional Court in April 2021) . By comparing the effect of various information treatments, we will be able to infer which aspects of rent control drive respondents’ support for the Berlin rent cap.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Dolls, Mathias, Paul Schüle and Lisa Windsteiger. 2021. "Public support for rent control." AEA RCT Registry. April 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7596
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
By means of a randomized survey experiment among a representative sample of 18,000 eligible voters in Germany, we aim at getting a better understanding of how
people reason about regulation in the housing market. In the survey experiment, we will confront participants with different aspects of the housing market in Berlin, rent control and its consequences and subsequently elicit their attitudes towards the
Berlin rent cap (a rent control policy introduced in Berlin in 2020 and overturned by the Federal Constitutional Court in April 2021) . By comparing the effect of various information treatments, we will be able to infer which aspects of rent control drive respondents’ support for the Berlin rent cap.
Intervention Start Date
2021-04-23
Intervention End Date
2021-06-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Support for rent control
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Random provision of information about rent control, housing market and related topics to subgroups of the sample (see attached document)
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
computer
Randomization Unit
individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1
Sample size: planned number of observations
18000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
3000
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Ethics Commission, Department of Economics, University of Munich
IRB Approval Date
2021-02-24
IRB Approval Number
2021-02
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Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

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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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