Can Information Influence the Social Insurance Participation Decision of China's Rural Migrants?

64 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2021

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John Giles

World Bank; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Xin Meng

Australian National University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sen Xue

Jinan University

Guochang Zhao

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE)

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Abstract

This paper uses a randomized information intervention to shed light on whether poor understanding of social insurance, both the process of enrolling and costs and benefits, drives the relatively low rates of participation in urban health insurance and pension programs among China's rural-urban migrants. Among workers without a contract, the information intervention has a strong positive effect on participation in health insurance and, among younger age groups, in pension programs. Migrants are responsive to price: in cities where the premia are low relative to earnings, information induces health insurance participation, while declines are observed in cities with high relative premia.

JEL Classification: H53, H55, J46, J61, O15, O17, O53, P35

Suggested Citation

Giles, John and Meng, Xin and Xue, Sen and Zhao, Guochang, Can Information Influence the Social Insurance Participation Decision of China's Rural Migrants?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 14093, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3785057

John Giles

World Bank ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Xin Meng

Australian National University ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Sen Xue (Contact Author)

Jinan University ( email )

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China

Guochang Zhao

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) ( email )

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Chengdu, Sichuan 610074
China

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