No claim, no pain - measuring the non-take-up of social assistance using register data
|Title:||No claim, no pain - measuring the non-take-up of social assistance using register data||Authors:||Bargain, Olivier
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2629||Date:||Dec-2009||Abstract:||The main objectives of social assistance bene fits, including poverty alleviation and labor-market or social reintegration, can be seriously compromised if support is difficult to access. While recent studies point to high non-take-up rates, existing evidence does not make full use of the information recorded by benefi t agencies. Most studies have to rely on interview-based data, with misreporting and measurement errors affecting the variables needed to establish both bene fit receipt and benefi t entitlement. In this paper, we exploit a unique combination of Finnish administrative data and eligibility simulations based on the tax-benefi t calculator of the Finnish authorities, carefully investigating the measurement issues that remain. We nd rates of non-take-up that are both substantial and robust: 40% to 50% of those eligible do not claim. Using repeated cross-section estimations for years 1996-2003, we identify a set of stable determinants of claiming behavior and suggest that changes in behavior could drive the observed downward trend in take-up rates during the post-recession period. We discuss the poverty implications of our results.||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Working Paper||Publisher:||University College Dublin. School of Economics||Keywords:||Take-up; Social assistance; Poverty; Register data||Subject LCSH:||Transfer payments
|Language:||en||Status of Item:||Not peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers|
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