Incentivizing last-resort social assistance clients : Evidence from a Finnish policy experiment
Palviainen, Heikki (2023-02)
02 / 2023
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In 2002, the Finnish government introduced an earnings disregard experiment aimed at improving the incentives of low-income individuals who receive last-resort social assistance. The aim of the experiment was to reduce unemployment by providing social assistance clients better incentives to receive at least temporary or part-time work. This paper evaluates the employment effects of the experiment as an event study using coarsened exact matching (CEM) and difference-in-differences. On average, the results show no employment effects, but there is some evidence of positive employment effects on women.
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