Where Can Financial Incentives Eliminate Partisan Answers to Factual Questions?

Last registered on October 27, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Where Can Financial Incentives Eliminate Partisan Answers to Factual Questions?
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008413
Initial registration date
October 25, 2021
Last updated
October 27, 2021, 10:57 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Ohio University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
PI Affiliation
PI Affiliation

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-10-25
End date
2022-10-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We will study the sensitivity of partisan cheerleading to financial incentives over a broad range of topics. We are particularly interested in the degree to which financial incentives may be able to decrease partisan cheerleading in some areas but not in others. We expect there may be a systematic pattern in the nature of these areas which we will test for in our survey.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Dutcher, Glenn et al. 2021. "Where Can Financial Incentives Eliminate Partisan Answers to Factual Questions?." AEA RCT Registry. October 27. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8413-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We will employ two surveys. The surveys will ask participants to state their beliefs on factually based questions. The two surveys will differ only on the marginal incentive for accurate answers where one will provide incentives for correct answers and the other will not.
Intervention Start Date
2021-10-25
Intervention End Date
2022-10-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
We will determine the extent of partisan cheerleading by examining the difference between answers when incentives are and are not given for individuals whose political party affiliation differs.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Participants will be asked their political party affiliation and this will be linked to their answers on the factual based questions.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
We will also examine if a link exists between CRT questions and answers on factual based questions.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Participants will answers a few CRT questions. We measure the number of correctly answered CRT questions and link this to their political party affiliation and answers to factual based questions.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will use a representative sample of the U.S. population. Approximately half of the sample will receive the incentivized version of the survey and the other half the unincentivized version.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The survey company we will employ will randomize who receives the incentivized surveys and who does not.
Randomization Unit
Individuals will randomly receive either the incentivized or unincentivized survey.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
300 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
300 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
150 per treatment arm
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Southern Methodist University IRB Committee
IRB Approval Date
2021-10-24
IRB Approval Number
21-152
Analysis Plan

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