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Tackling social exclusion: evidence from Chile

Authors: Pedro Carneiro , Emanuela Galasso and Rita Ginja
Date: 27 May 2014
Type: cemmap Working Paper, CWP24/14
DOI: 10.1920/wp.cem.2014.2414

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 programme 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.

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