A Field Experiment to Improve Women's Mobility in Pakistan

Last registered on April 24, 2023


Trial Information

General Information

A Field Experiment to Improve Women's Mobility in Pakistan
Initial registration date
May 24, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

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First published
May 26, 2022, 11:44 AM EDT

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Last updated
April 24, 2023, 1:05 PM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Stanford University

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Additional Trial Information

In development
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Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Despite high rates of familial poverty in Pakistan, the country has low rates of women's LFP compared to countries with similar GDPs. These low rates of LFP can contribute to low levels of women's economic agency. This project uses an experiment to alleviate a key constraint to LFP: access to safe and reliable transportation. The study will randomize women's access to personal motorized scooters, the most commonly used way by which men arrive to work in this context. With survey data and weekly SMS data collection, it will assess how this shock to women's mobility can affect LFP and agency. Given the study's setting in one of Pakistan's largest cities, our results of this study will have broader implications for rapidly urbanizing areas across South Asia and other developing countries.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Thompson, Sarah. 2023. "A Field Experiment to Improve Women's Mobility in Pakistan." AEA RCT Registry. April 24. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.9490-1.2
Experimental Details


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Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Labor force participation, economic agency, gender attitudes, political participation
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
The study will randomize women's access to personal motorized scooters

Secondary Outcomes

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Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The study will randomize women's access to personal motorized scooters.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer,
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Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
450 women
Sample size: planned number of observations
450 women
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
225 women control, 225 women treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

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Data Publication

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