Evaluation of the Finnish Income Disregard Reform
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Heikki Palviainen: Faculty of Management, University of Tampere
No 1819, Working Papers from University of Tampere, School of Management, Economics
In 2002, the Finnish government introduced an earnings disregard reform aimed at improving the incentives of low-income individuals who receive last-resort social assistance. The aim of the reform was to decrease unemployment by providing social assistance clients better incentives to receive at least temporary or part-time work. This paper evaluates the employment effects of the reform using a quasi-experimental design. After a behavioral adjustment period, there are positive results for females, single-person households and individuals with earnings. No effects on the extensive margin imply that a behavioural response requires some attachment to the labour market. No transition from social assistance to longer-term employment is observed.
Keywords: Difference-in-differences matching; making work pay; earnings disregard; welfare (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 H53 I38 J68 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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