Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Uppsala University, Department of Economics

No 2014:3: Tackling Social Exclusion: Evidence from Chile

Rita Ginja (), Pedro Carneiro () and Emanuela Galasso ()
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Rita Ginja: Department of Economics, Postal: Uppsala University, P.O. Box 513, SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Pedro Carneiro: University College London, CEMMAP, IFS.
Emanuela Galasso: World Bank.

Abstract: We study an innovative welfare program in Chile which combines a period of frequent home visits to households in extreme poverty, with guaranteed access to social services. Program impacts are identi ed using a regression discontinuity design, exploring the fact that program eligibility is a discontinuous function of an index of family income and assets. We nd strong and lasting impacts of the program on the take up of subsidies and employment services. These impacts are important only for families who had little access to the welfare system prior to the intervention.

Keywords: Social Exclusion; Social Protection; Chile; Extreme Poverty

JEL-codes: C26; I38; J08

87 pages, May 9, 2014

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