Voice and Political Engagement

Last registered on January 05, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Voice and Political Engagement
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008756
Initial registration date
January 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
January 05, 2022, 5:52 PM EST

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

Locations

Region

Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Warwick

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
Completed
Start date
2021-08-20
End date
2021-09-26
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We conduct a natural field experiment with a major European party to test whether
giving party supporters more voice increases their engagement in the party’s electoral
campaign. In the experiment, the party asked a random subset of supporters for their
opinions on the importance of different topics. Giving supporters opportunities to voice
their opinions increases their engagement in the campaign as measured using behavioral
data from the party’s smartphone application. Survey data reveals that giving voice also
increases other margins of campaign effort as well as perceived voice. Our evidence
highlights the importance of voice for increasing political engagement.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Roth, Christopher. 2022. "Voice and Political Engagement." AEA RCT Registry. January 05. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8756
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-08-21
Intervention End Date
2021-09-25

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Canvassing Behavior
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Control
Voice treatment: Intrinsic + No Feedback
Voice treatment: Extrinsic + No Feedback
Voice treatment: Intrinsic + Feedback
Voice treatment: Extrinsic + Feedback
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1006 clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
1006
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
503
503
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number

Post-Trial

Post Trial Information

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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

Program Files

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