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

Last registered on August 11, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Role models among us: Evidence on the motivational effect of statues on Indian students
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008055
Initial registration date
August 11, 2021
Last updated
August 11, 2021, 3:58 PM EDT

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Glasgow

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Glasgow

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-08-23
End date
2021-12-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
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.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

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. August 11. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8055-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention involves role modelling videos. These are 8-9 minute long videos (in total), equally entertaining with an identical narrative.
Intervention Start Date
2021-09-01
Intervention End Date
2021-09-10

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
Not available
Randomization Method
Students are randomised and treated at an individual level using Microsoft Excel.
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

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 (or above) per treatment arm.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
College of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee, University of Glasgow
IRB Approval Date
2021-08-10
IRB Approval Number
400200239
Analysis Plan

Analysis Plan Documents

Pre-analysis plan

MD5: 98b24eba65eea80c0cae4f1dd53074c9

SHA1: b0c577b7eb9899b973d3707cb6f55900800bdfa4

Uploaded At: August 11, 2021