Addressing Access and Behavioral Constraints Through Social Intermediation Services: A Review of Chile Solidario and Red Unidos

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Adriana Camacho

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Wendy Cunningham

World Bank

Jamele Rigolini

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics

Veronica Silva

World Bank

Date Written: December 1, 2014

Abstract

Social programs are often designed under the assumption that individuals make rational decisions that improve their welfare. Yet, informational and behavioral constraints limit the extreme and chronic poor's access and participation in social programs. This paper reviews the implementation and performance of two "social intermediation services" that were designed to address these constraints, improve beneficiaries' access to social programs, and help the poor surmount poverty: Chile Solidario, the first such service in Latin America, and Red Unidos, implemented later in Colombia. The analysis provides insights on key factors influencing performance, cost effectiveness, and the impacts that such services can be expected to have.

Keywords: Inequality, Social Protections & Assistance

Suggested Citation

Camacho, Adriana and Cunningham, Wendy and Rigolini, Jamele and Silva, Veronica, Addressing Access and Behavioral Constraints Through Social Intermediation Services: A Review of Chile Solidario and Red Unidos (December 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7136, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2536179

Adriana Camacho (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

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Wendy Cunningham

World Bank ( email )

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Jamele Rigolini

New York University (NYU) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Veronica Silva

World Bank

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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