Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130327
Authors: 
Hernæs, Øystein
Markussen, Simen
Røed, Knut
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9644
Abstract: 
Based on administrative data, we analyze empirically the effects of stricter conditionality for social assistance receipt on welfare dependency and high school completion rates among Norwegian youths. Our evaluation strategy exploits a geographically differentiated implementation of conditionality. The causal effects are identified on the basis of larger-than-expected within-municipality changes in outcomes that not only coincide with the local timing of conditionality implementation, but do so in a way that correlates with individual ex ante predicted probabilities of becoming a social assistance claimant. We find that stricter conditionality significantly reduces welfare claims and increases high school completion rates.
Subjects: 
social assistance
activation
conditionality
welfare reform
school dropout
JEL: 
H55
I29
I38
J18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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