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The AEA Registry for Randomized Controlled Trials

- July 4, 2013 in External Projects, Featured, Open Tools, Trials Registration

The American Economic Association (AEA) has recently launched a registry for randomized controlled trials in economics ( The registry aims to address the growing number of requests for registration by funders and peer reviewers, make access to results easier and more transparent, and help solve the problem of publication bias by providing a single place where all trials are registered in advance of their start.

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In order to encourage registration, the process was designed to be very light. There are only 18 required fields (such as name and a small subset of IRB requirements,) and the entire process should take less than 20 minutes. There is also the opportunity to add much more, including power calculations and an optional pre-analysis plan. To protect confidential and other sensitive design information, most of the information can remain hidden while the project is ongoing.

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