I got talent but my mom doesn't know

Last registered on May 03, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

I got talent but my mom doesn't know
Initial registration date
May 03, 2022

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
May 03, 2022, 9:51 AM EDT

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



Primary Investigator

RIEM,Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation

Additional Trial Information

On going
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
In this trial, we collect students' various traits, abilities and interest types. We find high discrepancy between parents’ beliefs and kids’ survey outcome on abilities and interests. We report the students' information to parents and educate parents to look beyond the test score in randomly selected classes. We expect that parents can update their beliefs on children and reoptimize their investments by taking into account of students' interests and abilities.

External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Carneiro, Pedro and Yiming Xia. 2022. "I got talent but my mom doesn't know ." AEA RCT Registry. May 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8751
Experimental Details


Our interventions have two steps, we first elicit all students' abilities and interests; then we return students' information to parents in randomly selected classes and educate the parents about interests and multiple intelligences.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Students' Test score, Mental Health
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Students test score takes from school administrative dataset, most schools take final exam.
Mental Health is measured by CES-D 10

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Parent beliefs on students' ability and Investment, students' Hobby Classes
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Through the survey, we ask the parents about their beliefs on students' ability as well as investment on students' hobby classes. We construct a variable to check number of matched interests between parents' belief and students' reports.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We use stratified cluster randomization to assign classes into three treatment arms - control, T1 (information), T2 (information and talk).
Each grade in each school is a stratum and class is the unit of randomization.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
75-80 classes
Sample size: planned number of observations
4400 students
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
1550 students control, 1420 students' parents receives informaton, 1430 students's parents information and talk
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Tsinghua University Department of Psychology IRB
IRB Approval Date
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Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

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