Estimating the Impact of a Policy Reform on Benefit Take-Up: The 2001 Extension to the Minimum Income Guarantee for UK Pensioners

21 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2010

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Francesca Zantomio

Ca Foscari University of Venice

Stephen Pudney

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Ruth Hancock

University of Essex - Department of Health and Human Sciences

Abstract

In 2001 the Minimum Income Guarantee for UK pensioners was reformed, changing the structure and level of benefits. We evaluate the behavioural response to this reform, using nonparametric analysis comparing a sample of pensioners interviewed before and another interviewed after the reform, matching their simulated pre- and post-reform entitlements and other characteristics. We compare the results with conventional parametric methods and also ex ante matching, and we consider the effect of measurement error in simulated entitlements. The response of take-up to the reform is found to be significant and positive, with evidence of larger impacts from the nonparametric analysis.

Suggested Citation

Zantomio, Francesca and Pudney, Stephen and Hancock, Ruth, Estimating the Impact of a Policy Reform on Benefit Take-Up: The 2001 Extension to the Minimum Income Guarantee for UK Pensioners. Economica, Vol. 77, Issue 306, pp. 234-254, April 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1562137 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2008.00755.x

Francesca Zantomio (Contact Author)

Ca Foscari University of Venice ( email )

Dorsoduro 3246
Venice, Veneto 30123
Italy

Stephen Pudney

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Ruth Hancock

University of Essex - Department of Health and Human Sciences ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

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