Monday 12
B5 - Welfare, Well-being and Poverty
Chair: Steve Lehrer
› 14:05 - 14:30 (25min)
› Room 102 - J-M. Damase
Raising the take-up of social assistance benefits through a simple mailing: evidence from a French field experiment
Sylvain Chareyron  1, 2, *@  , David Gray  3@  , Yannick L'horty  1, 4@  
1 : ERUDITE  (ERUDITE)
Université Paris-Est : EA437
2 : Travail, Emploi et Politiques Publiques  (TEPP)  -  Website
Université Paris-Est
3 : University of Ottawa [Ottawa]  -  Website
75 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 -  Canada
4 : Travail, Emploi et Politiques Publiques  (TEPP)  -  Website
CNRS : FR3435, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEMLV)
* : Corresponding author

This paper deals with the puzzle of an unduly low take-up rate for social assistance benefits in France. In order to investigate this phenomenon, we conduct an experimental evaluation in the form of a Randomized Control Trial involving the influences of informational complexity and informational availability. We examined the effect of a change in the information set which is sent to these households just after they claim the allocation. Our findings suggest that costless actions on the part of program administrators are able to substantially increase take-up. In order to be effective, these actions should target households according to their individual attributes.



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