Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/68975
Authors: 
Fuchs, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
EUROMOD Working Paper Series EM4/07
Abstract: 
Based on the comparison of detailed micro-data (EU-SILC), official figures on recipients and expenditure as well as potential entitlements simulated with the tax/benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD, the paper estimates the size of non-take-up of monetary social assistance benefits in Austria in 2003. To account for likely measurement errors both in the reported income data as well as in the simulation of household needs, participation rates are calculated for various scenarios of the underlying parameters. I find that more than half of all households potentially entitled to the benefit do not claim. The determinants of non-take-up analysed in different regression models controlling for possible endogeneity of independent variables – significant higher participation rates inter alia in case of higher amounts entitled to, a non-employed head, living in Vienna – confirm hypotheses derived from theoretical models of take-up related to pecuniary determinants, information and administration costs as well as psychological costs.
Subjects: 
Austria
take-up
social assistance
microsimulation
JEL: 
D31
H31
H53
I38
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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