Document de travail

Neighborhood Effects in Integrated Social Policies

Matteo Bobba et Jérémie Gignoux

Résumé

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.

Mots-clés

spatial externalities; knowledge spillovers; peer effects; take-up of social policies; policy evaluation; conditional cash transfers;

Codes JEL

  • I2: Education and Research Institutions
  • J2: Demand and Supply of Labor
  • O2: Development Planning and Policy

Remplacé par

Matteo Bobba et Jérémie Gignoux, « Neighborhood Effects in Integrated Social Policies », The World Bank Economic Review, vol. 33, n° 1, 2019, p. 116–139.

Référence

Matteo Bobba et Jérémie Gignoux, « Neighborhood Effects in Integrated Social Policies », TSE Working Paper, n° 16-662, juin 2016, révision août 2016.

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Publié dans

TSE Working Paper, n° 16-662, juin 2016, révision août 2016