Investigating Food Policies in Indian Urban Settlements

Last registered on June 21, 2022

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Investigating Food Policies in Indian Urban Settlements
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0009615
Initial registration date
June 20, 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
June 21, 2022, 11:07 AM EDT

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

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
London Business School

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
London Business School
PI Affiliation
London Business School

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2022-06-29
End date
2023-09-30
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
What is the impact of a food aid program? We conduct a randomized controlled trial in the Mankhurd settlement in Mumbai, India.

By randomly assigning urban settlement dwellers into a food subsidy program or to a control benchmark, we examine outcomes related to:

i) nutritional purchases
ii) food preferences, insecurity and dietary diversity
iii) substitution towards other commodities and overall expenditures
iv) well-being.

Details can be found in the PAP document.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Citation
Aouad, Ali, Kamalini Ramdas and Alp Sungu. 2022. "Investigating Food Policies in Indian Urban Settlements." AEA RCT Registry. June 21. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.9615
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
We randomly assign individuals to a food aid program that mimics government food subsidy programs. Next, we examine their propensity to avail of their subsidies and it's impact on nutritional preferences. (see the PAP document for further details.)
Intervention Start Date
2022-06-30
Intervention End Date
2022-09-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Purchasing patterns and subsidy program attendance.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
other expenditure, well-being, food-related preference and insecurity questionnaire.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
This experiment consists of 3 building blocks: shopping data, a food subsidy program, and detailed surveys. We will investigate outcomes related to shopping behavior, food preferences, subsidy program effectiveness, and expenditure. (see the PAP document for further details.)
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The randomization is done at the individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
N/A.
Sample size: planned number of observations
1,150 individuals.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
60% control, 40% treatment.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
London Business School
IRB Approval Date
2020-03-26
IRB Approval Number
REC-623
Analysis Plan

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