Human capital externalities in civic participation

Last registered on December 03, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Human capital externalities in civic participation
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008631
Initial registration date
November 30, 2021
Last updated
December 03, 2021, 2:48 PM EST

Locations

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Higher School of Economics National Research University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
Higher School of Economics National Research University
PI Affiliation
Freie Universitat Berlin

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-11-30
End date
2022-02-28
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
Using an online survey of Moscow residents, we plan to study the effect to which middle class affects civic and political participation in an authoritarian setting. We want to measure both individual-level and community-level effects, as well as their interaction. Our intuition is as follows: educated and upper-middle-income individuals are more politically and civically active, especially if they are employed in the private sector; at the same time, the presence of such individuals in the neighborhood may create an externality, creating more vibrant local politics and lowering the cost of civic and political participation for both middle class and those outside of it. The survey will contain an experimental question improving our ability to causally identify the effect of the individual's strata and environment on individual's civic engagement.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Ivanov, Denis, Alexander Libman and Alexei Zakharov. 2021. "Human capital externalities in civic participation." AEA RCT Registry. December 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8631-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-11-30
Intervention End Date
2021-12-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Reported willingness to take part in various civic initiatives
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We plan to survey N = 1700 Moscow Internet users; the survey will be administered by a marketing research firm with substantial experience in this type of research. The sample will be stratified according to gender and age group (18-29, 39-39, 49-49 and 50+). The survey will be carried out in December 2021 and will contain a conjoint experiment to study civic mobilization. Each respondent will be presented with 4 scenarios, each describing a hypothetical situation where a neighbor approaches the respondent and proposes to take part in a civic initiative. The characteristics of the neighbor (gender, age, etc) will be varied. The primary outcome of interest will be the willingness of the respondent to take part in an initiative.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done by computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1700 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
1700 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
It is a conjoint experiment. Each individual will be presented with 4 scenarios.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
IRB of the National Research University Higher School of Economics
IRB Approval Date
2021-11-12
IRB Approval Number
N/A
Analysis Plan

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