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Tackling social exclusion : evidence from Chile (English)

This paper studies an innovative welfare program in Chile that 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 program eligibility is a discontinuous function of an index of family income and assets. The analysis finds strong and lasting impacts of the program on the take-up of subsidies and employment services. These impacts are concentrated among families who had little access to the welfare system prior to the intervention.


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    Amaro Da Costa Luz Carneiro,Pedro Manuel, Galasso,Emanuela, Ginja,Rita

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    Tackling social exclusion : evidence from Chile

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Amaro Da Costa Luz Carneiro,Pedro Manuel Galasso,Emanuela Ginja,Rita

Tackling social exclusion : evidence from Chile (English). Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 7180 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.