The Effect of Recipient Contribution Requirements on Support for Social Programs

60 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2017 Last revised: 2 Feb 2018

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Sally Sadoff

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management

Anya Samek

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management; Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR)

Date Written: September 26, 2017

Abstract

Whether aid programs should require recipients to contribute their own resources to receive benefits is widely debated, but little is known about public support for these requirements. Using randomized experiments, we find an inverted u-shape response to monetary contribution requirements for a food aid program: support increases when recipients make small monetary contributions and returns to baseline under large contribution requirements. Recipient time contribution requirements also increase program support. Analysis of mechanisms suggests that individuals screen recipients to target those who need and value the aid. We find suggestive evidence of stronger responses to monetary contributions among conservatives versus liberals.

JEL Classification: C91, C93, D31, I38

Suggested Citation

Sadoff, Sally and Samek, Anya, The Effect of Recipient Contribution Requirements on Support for Social Programs (September 26, 2017). CESR-Schaeffer Working Paper No. 2017-007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3043372 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3043372

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