Industrial work, turnover, and changing expectations

Last registered on September 29, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Industrial work, turnover, and changing expectations
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008240
Initial registration date
September 22, 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
September 29, 2021, 9:47 AM EDT

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Oxford

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Warwick
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
University of Oxford

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-08-15
End date
2023-12-31
Secondary IDs
J63
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We study the determinants of worker turnover in a large ready-made garment factory in Hawassa, Ethiopia, by randomly varying the characteristics of retention bonuses offered to new joiners.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Abebe, Girum et al. 2021. "Industrial work, turnover, and changing expectations." AEA RCT Registry. September 29. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8240
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We randomly assign newly hired workers different retention bonuses.
Intervention Start Date
2021-11-15
Intervention End Date
2023-03-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Tenure with our partner company (for additional information see the attached PAP).
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
We will use administrative firm data from our partner firm to determine retention outcomes.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
See the attached PAP.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We randomly assign newly hired workers different retention bonuses. Randomization will take place during the training period among new joiners at the individual level.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Stratified randomization in batches using Stata.
Randomization Unit
Individual.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
2000
Sample size: planned number of observations
We plan to recruit 2000 workers though this depends on the speed of recruitment by our partner.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Each treatment arm will have 1000 workers.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Department’s Research Ethics Committee, Department of Economics, University of Oxford
IRB Approval Date
2021-02-10
IRB Approval Number
ECONCIA21-22-09
Analysis Plan

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