Role models among us: Evidence on the motivational effect of statues on Indian students

Last registered on December 25, 2021


Trial Information

General Information

Role models among us: Evidence on the motivational effect of statues on Indian students
Initial registration date
August 11, 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
August 11, 2021, 3:58 PM EDT

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

Last updated
December 25, 2021, 11:31 PM EST

Last updated is the most recent time when changes to the trial's registration were published.



Primary Investigator

University of Glasgow

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Glasgow

Additional Trial Information

In development
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Internal constraints such as lack of aspirations and hope have recently gathered a lot of attention as important factors for explaining poverty and inequality. Focusing on a cohort of primary school students in India, this project studies the role modelling effect of historical statues. In the process, we intend to shed light on the importance of familiarity and susceptability as key mechanisms that fuel such a motivational effect.
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Registration Citation

Bhan, Prateek Chandra and Jinglin Wen. 2021. "Role models among us: Evidence on the motivational effect of statues on Indian students." AEA RCT Registry. December 25.
Experimental Details


The intervention involves role modelling videos. These are 8-9 minute long videos (in total), equally entertaining with an identical narrative.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Hope, aspirations, happiness and life satisfaction and effort
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Included in the attached analysis plan.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
academic performance (subject to availability of administrative data from schools)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
There will be three treatment arms.
T1 - a virtual tour of four statues (Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Arjuna and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar) in Jaipur, complemented by a narrative.
T2 - a video created using images of the four role models, complemented by a narrative.
T3 - pure control.
Further details are available in the attached analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Students are randomised and treated at an individual level using Microsoft Excel.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1500-2000 students.
Sample size: planned number of observations
2000 students.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
500 students (approximately) per treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
College of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee, University of Glasgow
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Pre-analysis plan

MD5: 98b24eba65eea80c0cae4f1dd53074c9

SHA1: b0c577b7eb9899b973d3707cb6f55900800bdfa4

Uploaded At: August 11, 2021

Pre-analysis plan_revised

MD5: 67ca8f74971e3ab40fda38d7525ae856

SHA1: 2cb2eb9e6f39e47b5be9f3da16dcb615c3912e66

Uploaded At: December 25, 2021


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