Baillon, Aurélien Capuno, Joseph O'Donnell, Owen Tan, Carlos van Wilgenburg, Kim
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Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. TI 2019-078/V
Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam and Rotterdam
Temporary incentives are offered in anticipation of persistent effects, but these are seldom estimated. We use a nationwide randomized experiment in the Philippines to estimate effects three years after the withdrawal of two incentives for health insurance. A premium subsidy had a persistent effect on enrollment that is more than four fifths of the immediate effect. Application assistance had a much larger immediate impact, but less than a fifth of this effect persisted. The subsidy persuaded those with higher initial willingness to pay to enroll and keep enrolling, while application assistance achieved a larger immediate effect by drawing in those who valued insurance less and were less likely to re-enroll.
incentives persistence health insurance subsidy randomized experiment