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Title Does Ethnicity Impact Perceptions Competence and Electability? (part of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Experiment)
Post date 02/15/2019
C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale Do voters make snap judgements about competence and electability based on cues from candidates’ facial structure? Or do perceptions of competence and electability stem from contextual social cues such as ethnicity?
C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?

Main Hypotheses:
H1. A rancher who identifies themselves as “Aboriginal” will be perceived as less competent than the same actor who does not identify themselves as such.
H1-A. A rancher who identifies themselves as “Aboriginal” (Jessica Littlefeather) will be perceived as less competent than the placebo (“Jessica”).
H1-B. A rancher who identifies themselves as “Aboriginal” (Jessica Littlefeather) will be perceived as less competent than a White rancher (“Jessica Little”).

H2. A rancher who identifies themselves as “Aboriginal” will be perceived as less electable than the same actor who does not identify themselves as such.
H2-A. A rancher who identifies themselves as “Aboriginal” (Jessica Littlefeather) will be perceived as less electable than the placebo (“Jessica”).
H2-B. A rancher who identifies themselves as “Aboriginal” (Jessica Littlefeather) will be perceived as less electable than a White rancher (“Jessica Little”).

We also test secondary hypotheses and we test for treatment effect heterogeneity. Please refer to our detailed Pre-Registration of Research Plans (attached with this submission).

C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? * We will conduct and analyze the results of a survey experiment to answer these questions. Please refer to our detailed Pre-Registration of Research Plans (attached with this submission).
C4 Country Canada
C5 Scale (# of Units) 1,000 subjects
C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection? No
C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval? Yes
C8 IRB Number 105-0818
C9 Date of IRB Approval Approval Period: August 17, 2018 to August 16, 2019
C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party? Researchers, The researchers designed and programmed the survey study, including experimental treatments and placebo. Subjects are recruited to participate in the study via a third party, Dynata (formerly Survey Sample International, or SSI).
C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research? not provided by authors
C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published? not provided by authors
C13 JEL Classification(s) not provided by authors