Does information increase the take-up of social benefits? Evidence from a new benefit program
Matikka, Tuomas; Paukkeri, Tuuli (2016-12-28)
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The effectiveness of transfer programs can be significantly reduced if eligible individuals fail to apply for them. In this paper we study the impact of information provision on the take-up of social benefits. We exploit the implementation of the guarantee pension program in Finland in 2011, which offered a minimum monthly pension (688 euros) to low-income pensioners. The Finnish Social Insurance Institution sent information letters and application forms to a portion of the eligible population a month before implementation. We find clear evidence that this mailing significantly increased take-up and prompted pensioners to apply sooner, showing that simple and inexpensive mailings can have a large effect on benefit take-up among individuals outside the labor force.
social security, social benefits, impact of information, guarantee pension, Social security, taxation and inequality, D03, H24, H55
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