Non-Take-Up of Social Assistance: Regional Differences and the Role of Social Norms

Hümbelin, Oliver (2019). Non-Take-Up of Social Assistance: Regional Differences and the Role of Social Norms Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Soziologie = Revue Suisse de Sociologie = Swiss Journal of Sociology, 45(1), pp. 7-33. Sciendo, de Gruyter https://doi.org/10.2478/sjs-2019-0002 Open access

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This study estimates the prevalence of non-take-up of social assistance using administrative data from the Canton of Bern. Regional variation in non-take-up rates is then used to study the contextual effects of social norms with respect to welfare receipt legitimacy. Social norms are proxied with the degree of urbanity, language regions and communal voter shares of left- and right-wing parties. Multiple regression analysis, extended by several robustness checks, suggests that social norms do indeed have an impact on take-up behavior.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Social Work > Social Security focus area
Social Work
BFH Centres > BFH Centre for Social Security

Name:

Hümbelin, Oliver

Subjects:

H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology

ISSN:

2297-8348

Publisher:

Sciendo, de Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Oliver Hümbelin

Date Deposited:

09 Jan 2020 13:20

Last Modified:

28 Jan 2020 15:46

Publisher DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2478/sjs-2019-0002 Open access

Uncontrolled Keywords:

non-take-up, social assistance, Switzerland, regional differences, welfare attitudes

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.9877

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/9877

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