How tight are safety-nets in Nordic countries? : evidence from Finnish register data

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Show simple item record Bargain, Olivier Immervoll, Herwig Viitamäki, Heikki 2007-10-02T13:43:43Z 2007-10-02T13:43:43Z 2007-08
dc.identifier.other 200712 en
dc.description.abstract The 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 bene…t 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
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Dublin; School of Economics en
dc.publisher UCD Geary Institute en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Centre for Economic Research working paper series 2007 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP07/12 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries UCD Geary Institute discussion paper series en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP2007/27 en
dc.subject Take-up en
dc.subject Social assistance en
dc.subject Register data en
dc.subject.classification D31 en
dc.subject.classification H31 en
dc.subject.classification H53 en
dc.subject.classification I38 en
dc.subject.lcsh Public welfare en
dc.subject.lcsh Poverty en
dc.title How tight are safety-nets in Nordic countries? : evidence from Finnish register data en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.internal.authorurl Olivier Bargain (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Email:; Tel: +353 1 7168357 en
dc.internal.authorid UCD001 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Viitamäki|Heikki|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Bargain|Olivier|aut|UCD0001
dc.neeo.contributor Immervoll|Herwig|aut|

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