Non-take-up of Social Assistance - Regional Differences and the Role of Norms: An analysis based on administrative data for the Canton of Bern

Hümbelin, Oliver (6 December 2016). Non-take-up of Social Assistance - Regional Differences and the Role of Norms: An analysis based on administrative data for the Canton of Bern (Unpublished). In: 2ème séminaire régional sur le non-recours aux droits et prestations sociales. Université de Genève. 06.12.2016.

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This study estimates prevalence of non-take-up of social assistance using administrative data from the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. It exploits regional variation in non-take-up rates to study the effect of different social norms. Social norms are proxied with the share of votes received by parties that have “social assistance” explicitly on their political agenda. As theoretically expected, non-take-up is higher in regions with high support for the right-wing Swiss People's Party and is lower with higher support for the Social Democratic Party. This association is tested against other potential explanations like the urban-rural divide, population density, economic structure, and the degree of need using multiple regression models. Sensitivity analysis is additionally carried out using methods of robust regression, but the effect remains, suggesting that social norms do indeed have an impact on take-up behavior and partly explain the nontake-up divide between rural and urban areas.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Hümbelin, Oliver

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

Language:

English

Submitter:

Oliver Hümbelin

Date Deposited:

28 Jun 2017 08:44

Last Modified:

28 Jun 2017 08:44

Additional Information:

Le 2ème Séminaire régional sur le non-recours se tiendra le mardi 6 décembre 2016 en marge de la conférence/débat "Précarité et non-recours aux soins: du constat à l'action".

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.94865

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/94865

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