Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/121336
Authors: 
Camacho, Adriana
Cunningham, Wendy
Rigolini, Jamele
Silva, Veronica
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Policy Paper 94
Abstract: 
Social programs are often designed under the assumption that individuals make rational decisions that improve their welfare. Yet, informational and behavioral constraints limit the extreme and chronic poor's access and participation in social programs. This paper reviews the implementation and performance of two "social intermediation services" that were designed to address these constraints, improve beneficiaries' access to social programs, and help the poor surmount poverty: Chile Solidario, the first such service in Latin America, and Red Unidos, implemented later in Colombia. The analysis provides insights on key factors influencing performance, cost effectiveness, and the impacts that such services can be expected to have.
Subjects: 
extreme poverty
behavioral economics
social programs
JEL: 
D1
H5
I3
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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