Low take-up rates: the role of information

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMunich
PublisherCESifo Group
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameCESifo Working Paper Series
PublisherCESifo Group


  • Take-up
  • Information costs
  • Social benefits


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