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A new targeting - a new take-up? : non-take-up of social assistance in Germany after social policy reforms

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  • Bruckmeier, Kerstin

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany])

  • Wiemers, Jürgen

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany])

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    "We present first estimates of rates of non-take-up for social assistance in Germany after the implementation of major social policy reforms in 2005. The analysis is based on a microsimulation model, which includes a detailed description of the German social assistance programme. Our findings suggest a moderate decrease in non-take-up compared to estimates before the reform. In order to identify the determinants of claiming social assistance, we estimate a model of take-up behaviour which considers potential endogeneity of the benefit level. The estimations reveal that the degree of needs, measured as the social assistance benefit level a household is eligible for, and the expected duration of eligibility are the key determinants of the take-up decision, while costs of claiming seem to play a minor role." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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    Paper provided by Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany] in its series IAB Discussion Paper with number 201110.

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    Length: 37 pages
    Date of creation: 13 Apr 2011
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    Publication status: published in: Empirical Economics, Vol. 43, No. 2 (2012), p. 565-580
    Handle: RePEc:iab:iabdpa:201110

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    Keywords: Hartz-Reform - Auswirkungen; Sozialleistungen - Inanspruchnahme; Grundsicherung nach SGB II; Grundsicherung nach SGB XII; Leistungsempfänger - Quote; Leistungsanspruch; Leistungshöhe; Leistungsbezug - Dauer; Anspruchsvoraussetzung;

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    1. Caliendo, Marco & Hogenacker, Jens & Künn, Steffen & Wießner, Frank, 2011. "Alte Idee, neues Programm: Der Gründungszuschuss als Nachfolger von Überbrückungsgeld und Ich-AG," IZA Discussion Papers 6035, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Bargain, Olivier & Callan, Tim & Doorley, Karina & Keane, Claire, 2013. "Changes in Income Distributions and the Role of Tax-Benefit Policy During the Great Recession: An International Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 7737, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Kerstin Bruckmeier & Jürgen Wiemers, 2012. "A new targeting: a new take-up?," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 43(2), pages 565-580, October.

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