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Does Information Empower the Poor? Evidence from Indonesia’s Social Security Card

Achmad Tohari, Christopher Parsons and Anu Rammohan

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Abstract: In 2013, the Government of Indonesia conducted one of the largest information interventions in history, in an attempt to further alleviate poverty and as a complement to the Social Protection Card (KPS). Drawing upon administrative data and nationally representative surveys, the paper evaluates the impact of the information campaign on the receipt of two of Indonesia’s largest social programs, the Raskin (rice for the poor) and the BLSM (temporary unconditional cash transfers). Exploiting the design of the Raskin program, we implement a (normalised) fuzzy regression discontinuity methodology across 482 Indonesian districts, using program eligibility as an instrument for having received the information treatment.

Keywords: poverty; targeting; Indonesia; information; rasin; rice; wheat; emporary unconditional cash transfers; regression; information treatment; information intervention; alleviate poverty; Social Protection Card (KPS). (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-11
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