Decisions about home and work

Last registered on August 17, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Decisions about home and work
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008062
Initial registration date
August 15, 2021
Last updated
August 17, 2021, 1:57 PM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Blavatnik School of Government

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Indian Statistical Institute

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-08-06
End date
2022-01-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
This project examines how individuals make daily decisions related to home and work, and cope with the implicit trade-offs associated with them. We also focus on heterogeneity in the perception of these tradeoffs and its implications for individual productivity in these two domains.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Mani, Anandi and Sandip Mitra. 2021. "Decisions about home and work." AEA RCT Registry. August 17. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8062-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The intervention is variation in the domains of decision-making that individuals are exposed to, home or (office) work.
Intervention Start Date
2021-08-16
Intervention End Date
2021-08-26

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
(A) Total no. of correct answers (or no. of errors) in each of the three tasks;
(B) Time taken for tasks 2 and 3;
(C) No. of correct answers per unit time taken for tasks (2) and (3)
(D) The main outcome of interest is the *difference* in outcomes (A), (B) and (C) across the two treatment arms (i.e. "difference in difference")
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We plan to implement an online survey cum experiment that does the following.

(i) Selects subjects (either currently or until recently employed) to ask them how they would respond to several situations from their daily life related to work or home responsibilities. They are randomly assigned to respond to situations from one of these two domains.

(ii) They are also asked to perform four rounds of three focus-related tasks. Participants are incentivized to perform well in these tasks with a bonus of about £3 for the top-performer in one of the tasks randomly chosen; they also receive a participation fee of about £3.

(ii) After completing their tasks and providing responses above subjects are then surveyed about the division of responsibilities within their household, their support network, workload and stress, and any recent challenges experienced during Covid-19.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Random assignment done in office using Stata
Randomization Unit
Individual participant
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clustering
Sample size: planned number of observations
350
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
175 participants per treatment arm, 2 treatment arms
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Oxford
IRB Approval Date
2020-12-17
IRB Approval Number
SSH/BSG_C1A-20-12