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Information and participation in social programs

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  • Coady, David
  • Martinelli, Cesar
  • Parker, Susan W.

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Participation in social programs, such as clubs and other social organizations, results from a process in which an agent learns about the requirements, benefits, and likelihood of acceptance related to a program, applies to be a participant, and, finally, is accepted or rejected. The authors propose a model of this participation process and provide an application of the model using data from a social program in Mexico. Their empirical analysis illustrates that decisions at each stage of the process are responsive to expectations about the decisions and outcomes at the subsequent stages and that knowledge about the program can have a significant impact on participation outcomes.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 6319.

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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:6319

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Keywords: Knowledge for Development; Housing&Human Habitats; Primary Education; Teaching and Learning; Economic Theory&Research;

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  1. Jonas Helth Lønborg & Ole Dahl Rasmussen, 2013. "Can Microfinance Reach the Poorest: Evidence from a Community-Managed Microfinance Intervention," Study Papers, Rockwool Foundation Research Unit 55, Rockwool Foundation Research Unit.

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