Can a digital solution foster immigrants’ integration?

Last registered on August 02, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Can a digital solution foster immigrants’ integration?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008018
Initial registration date
July 31, 2021
Last updated
August 02, 2021, 3:45 PM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Université Catholique de Louvain

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Warwick
PI Affiliation
Ifo Institute
PI Affiliation
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-09-01
End date
2023-09-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
One reason for poor integration outcomes of immigrants can be a lack of information about local
integration support programs, language courses, job offers and other relevant local information.
This project evaluates the effectiveness of providing
local information for immigrants to improve their economic and social integration outcomes. The
information is provided by the app Integreat, developed by our partner NGO Tür an Tür -
Digitalfabrik in collaboration with German municipalities. Our project will randomly select
immigrants who have recently arrived in Germany and introduce them to the Integreat app. We
will evaluate if and how much they use the app, and whether it improves their integration
outcomes, as measured in administrative data and complementary surveys.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Laurentsyeva, Nadzeya et al. 2021. "Can a digital solution foster immigrants’ integration?." AEA RCT Registry. August 02. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8018-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-09-01
Intervention End Date
2023-09-01

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
employment status, job search, wage, income, social integration, social network, well-being, level of information of existing services
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Our design consists of the two following steps. First, we will send a letter to a sample of the target population of migrants
to invite them to participate in an incentivized online study about immigrants’ integration.
Second, among the respondents who have completed the baseline survey and signed the consent
form, we randomly select participants (the encouraged group), to whom we will provide
information about the existence and usefulness of the application.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
randomization done by the computer (programed within the survey application)
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
3000
Sample size: planned number of observations
3000
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1500 households encouraged to use the app, 1500 households control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
VOLKSWIRTSCHAFTLICHE FAKULTÄT ETHIKKOMMISSION
IRB Approval Date
2021-02-24
IRB Approval Number
2021-05