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Low Take-up Rates: The Role of Information

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  • Momi Dahan
  • Udi Nisan

This paper exploits a quasi-natural experiment to study the role of information in determining take-up patterns of social benefits in a non-stigma environment. We find that take-up rate of households who have the incentive to search for information for a longer period of time is between 8 and 13 percentage points higher as compared to a control group of households. This result is robust to the inclusion of various household characteristics. Our finding provides strong empirical support for information as an important explanation for low take-up rates.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1829.

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Date of creation: 2006
Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1829
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