Meritocrats as Lottery Players

Last registered on December 03, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Meritocrats as Lottery Players
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008651
Initial registration date
December 01, 2021
Last updated
December 03, 2021, 10:29 PM EST

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
George Mason University

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-12-02
End date
2022-01-31
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial is based on or builds upon one or more prior RCTs.
Abstract
This experiment collects and analysis the data for the lottery players that the spectators in the Study "Finding Merit Where there is None - Cross Country Differences" (AEARCTR-0008552). Participants take part in a lottery where they win if their "winning color" matches the color that is drawn in the lottery. They first play the lottery with a randomly allocated "winning color" and then play it with a chosen "winning color". Before the lottery, participants answer questions that make it possible to classify whether or not they have meritocratic elements in their fairness preferences. We are interested in whether meritocrats differ from non-meritocrats in whether or not they chance their winning color from the one randomly chosen for them.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Mollerstrom, Johanna. 2021. "Meritocrats as Lottery Players." AEA RCT Registry. December 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8651-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
This experiment collects and analysis the data for the lottery players that the spectators in the Study "Finding Merit Where there is None - Cross Country Differences" (AEARCTR-0008552). Participants take part in a lottery where they win if their "winning color" matches the color that is drawn in the lottery. They first play the lottery with a randomly allocated "winning color" and then play it with a chosen "winning color". Before the lottery, participants answer questions that make it possible to classify whether or not they have meritocratic elements in their fairness preferences. We are interested in whether meritocrats differ from non-meritocrats in whether or not they chance their winning color from the one randomly chosen for them.
Intervention Start Date
2021-12-02
Intervention End Date
2022-01-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Whether the participant changes which color is the "winning color" in the experiment when having the chance to do so.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This experiment collects and analysis the data for the lottery players that the spectators in the Study "Finding Merit Where there is None - Cross Country Differences" (AEARCTR-0008552). Participants take part in a lottery where they win if their "winning color" matches the color that is drawn in the lottery. They first play the lottery with a randomly allocated "winning color" and then play it with a chosen "winning color". Before the lottery, participants answer questions that make it possible to classify whether or not they have meritocratic elements in their fairness preferences. We are interested in whether meritocrats differ from non-meritocrats in whether or not they chance their winning color from the one randomly chosen for them.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization in the lottery is done by the computer
Randomization Unit
Per lottery
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
2000 participants
Sample size: planned number of observations
2000 participants
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
No treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Institutional Review Board at George Mason University
IRB Approval Date
2021-10-07
IRB Approval Number
1819911-1