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dc.contributor.authorBargain, Olivieren_US
dc.contributor.authorImmervoll, Herwigen_US
dc.contributor.authorViitamäki, Heikkien_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-16T13:35:31Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-16T13:35:31Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/43344-
dc.description.abstractThe non take-up of social assistance benefits due to claim costs may seriously limit the anti-poverty effect of these programs. Yet, available evidence is fragmented and mostly relies on interview-based data, potentially biased by misreporting and measurement errors on both benefit entitlement and income levels used to assess eligibility. In this paper, we use Finnish administrative data to compare eligibility and actual receipt of social assistance by working-age families during the post-recession period (1996-2003). Possible errors due to time-period issues and discretionary measures by local agencies are carefully investigated. Non take-up is found to be substantial - between 40% and 50% - and increasing during the period. Using repeated cross-section estimations, we identify a set of stable determinants of claiming behavior and suggest that the increasing trend is mainly due to a composition effect, i.e. a decline in the proportion of groups with higher claiming propensity. We finally discuss the targeting efficiency of the social assistance scheme.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisheren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking paper series // UCD Centre for Economic Research 2007/12en_US
dc.subject.jelD31en_US
dc.subject.jelH31en_US
dc.subject.jelH53en_US
dc.subject.jelI38en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordtake-upen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial assistanceen_US
dc.subject.keywordpovetyen_US
dc.subject.keywordregister dataen_US
dc.subject.stwArmutspolitiken_US
dc.subject.stwÖffentliche Sozialausgabenen_US
dc.subject.stwSozialhilfeempfängeren_US
dc.subject.stwWirkungsanalyseen_US
dc.subject.stwFinnlanden_US
dc.titleHow tight are safety-nets in Nordic Countries? Evidence from Finnish register dataen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn557443083en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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