Tackling Social Exclusion: Evidence from Chile

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Pedro Manuel Carneiro

University College London - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Emanuela Galasso

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Rita Ginja

Uppsala University

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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 identified using a regression discontinuity design, exploring the fact that program eligibility is a discontinuous function of an index of family income and assets. We find 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 Classification: C26, I38, J08

Suggested Citation

Carneiro, Pedro Manuel and Galasso, Emanuela and Ginja, Rita, Tackling Social Exclusion: Evidence from Chile. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8209, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448785

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Rita Ginja

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