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Who Ya Gonna Call?: Investigating gender differences in demand for parental involvement
Last registered on April 28, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Who Ya Gonna Call?: Investigating gender differences in demand for parental involvement
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007610
Initial registration date
April 27, 2021
Last updated
April 28, 2021 10:30 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Brigham Young University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Syracuse University
PI Affiliation
Tufts University
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-05-15
End date
2022-06-15
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study aims to investigate whether there are gender inequities in asking parents to engage in child-related activities. Furthermore, we study whether these inequalities vary by (1) signaling parents’ willingness and ability to do these tasks or (2) by the gender of the external decision-maker contacting the parent.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Buzard, Kristy, Laura Gee and Olga Stoddard. 2021. "Who Ya Gonna Call?: Investigating gender differences in demand for parental involvement." AEA RCT Registry. April 28. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7610-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-06-07
Intervention End Date
2022-05-15
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Our primary outcome variable is which parent (the mom or the dad) is contacted first.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Additional outcome variables include whether a principal contacted both parents and the order in which the parents were contacted.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We will send out email messages to a universe of school principals in the U.S. from a two-person heterosexual household. These messages will ask the principal to contact a parent about a general school-related inquiry and will provide two phone numbers - one for the husband and one for the wife. As part of the experiment, we will also randomly vary the content of our messages to include informational signals about which of the two parents is more available to chat discuss school-related queries. This will allow us to investigate the “motherhood effect” by comparing whether a mother is more likely to be called back first even when a father is described to be more available. Furthermore, we will test whether the size of the motherhood effect varies by the gender of the external decision-maker, that is the gender of the school principal.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization by computer
Randomization Unit
Individual/principal-level
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
0
Sample size: planned number of observations
Approximately 100,000 subjects (school principals in the U.S.)
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Approximately 20,000 principals control, 20,000 principals dad positive signal treatment, 20,000 principals dad negative signal treatment, 20,000 principals mom positive signal treatment, 20,000 principals mom negative signal treatment.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Tufts University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2021-04-21
IRB Approval Number
STUDY00001527