Bobba, Matteo and Gignoux, Jérémie (2016) Neighborhood Effects in Integrated Social Policies. TSE Working Paper, n. 16-662, Toulouse

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When potential beneficiaries share their knowledge and attitudes about a policy intervention, their decision to participate and the effectiveness of both the policy and its evaluation may be influenced. This matters most notably in integrated social policies with several components. We examine spillover effects on take-up behaviors in the context of a conditional cash transfer program in rural Mexico. We exploit exogenous variations in the local frequency of beneficiaries generated by the program’s randomized evaluation. A higher treatment density in the areas surrounding the evaluation villages increases the take-up of scholarships and enrollment at the lower-secondary level. These cross-village spillovers operate exclusively within households receiving another component of the program, and do not carry over larger distances. While several tests reject heterogeneities in impact due to spatial variations in program implementation, we find evidence to suggest that spillovers stem partly from the sharing of information about the program among eligible households.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: June 2016
Place of Publication: Toulouse
Uncontrolled Keywords: spatial externalities, knowledge spillovers, peer effects, take-up of social policies, policy evaluation, conditional cash transfers
JEL Classification: I2 - Education
J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement
O2 - Development Planning and Policy
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 09:16
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 13:12
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