Attitudes Towards Inherited Inequality

Last registered on January 01, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Attitudes Towards Inherited Inequality
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007948
Initial registration date
July 12, 2021
Last updated
January 01, 2022, 8:02 AM EST

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Uni Bonn

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Bonn

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-12-30
End date
2022-01-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Inequality is often inherited: individuals are not involved in the process that generates inequality, yet end up with different amounts of resources or opportunities based solely on relations to other people. We conduct an online experiment with a broadly representative sample of the US population to study individuals’ redistributive preferences in situations featuring inherited inequality and how they relate to preferences over real world policies.
Details presented in the pre-analysis plan.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Freyer, Timo and Laurenz Richard Kuno Günther. 2022. "Attitudes Towards Inherited Inequality." AEA RCT Registry. January 01. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7948-1.4000000000000004
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-12-30
Intervention End Date
2022-01-10

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Fraction of inequality in the initial allocation that is equalized
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We conduct an online experiment to investigate attitudes towards inherited inequality among a broadly representative sample of the US population. The experiment builds on the impartial spectator paradigm (Cappelen et al., 2013), where impartial spectators can redistribute money between pairs of participants who received their initial payoffs either based on their relative performance on a real effort task or based on a random draw prior to the redistribution stage. We extend this paradigm by allowing active participants to not only generate a payoff for themselves but also for an associated passive counterpart who inherits a payoff. We are particularly interested in how spectators redistribute between passive participants, and how these decisions relate to spectators' preferences over real-world institutions and policies.

References:
Cappelen, Alexander W., et al. "Just luck: An experimental study of risk-taking and fairness." American Economic Review 103.4 (2013): 1398-1413.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Within-subjects design, any randomization done by a computer in the online survey; details in pre-analysis plan.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
We aim at n=650 spectators making redistribution decisions.
Sample size: planned number of observations
650 spectators, 5x4=20 common redistribution decisions per spectator => 13000 redistribution decisions in total.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We aim at n=650 spectators making redistribution decisions.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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Analysis Plan

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