Fact-Checking and Beliefs: Field Experiment in India

Last registered on October 23, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Fact-Checking and Beliefs: Field Experiment in India
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007923
Initial registration date
July 05, 2021
Last updated
October 23, 2021, 9:37 PM EDT

Locations

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Columbia University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Columbia University

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-06-15
End date
2022-04-15
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Online misinformation is a rising concern all over the world. In this experiment, we evaluate how fact-checks affects people's beliefs.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Garg, Naman and Monika Yadav. 2021. "Fact-Checking and Beliefs: Field Experiment in India." AEA RCT Registry. October 23. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7923-1.1
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Treated individuals will be given fact-checks about viral misinformation.
Intervention Start Date
2021-07-08
Intervention End Date
2022-03-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
1) Beliefs about accuracy of news headlines and public statements
2) Opinions about political issues
3) Affective Polarization
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The individuals are randomly to different treatments. Follow-up surveys are conducted to see how treatment affects people's beliefs on opinions of policy issues.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Block randomization based on data from baseline survey.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
NA
Sample size: planned number of observations
1200 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Participants will be divided equally into 4 treatment arms:
1) Control Group
2) Only Treatment-1
3) Only Treatment-2
4) Both Treatment-1 and Treatment-2
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Columbia University IRB
IRB Approval Date
2021-04-12
IRB Approval Number
AAAT5859
Analysis Plan

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