Does sending letters increase the take-up of social benefits? Evidence from a new benefit program
Matikka, Tuomas; Paukkeri, Tuuli (2022)
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The effectiveness of transfer programs in reducing poverty and inequality can be significantly reduced if eligible individuals fail to apply for them. This paper shows that benefit take-up can be influenced by sending targeted letters to the eligible population. We exploit the implementation of the guarantee pension program in Finland, which offered a monthly top-up benefit to low-income pensioners. The Social Insurance Institution sent information on the benefit together with application forms to a portion of the eligible population a month before implementation. We find clear evidence that this simple and inexpensive intervention increased take-up and prompted pensioners to apply sooner.
H24, H55, I38
Benefit take-up, Targeted mailings, Pension benefits