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Political Economy & Governance

Assessing the Effectiveness of Alternative Text Messages to Improve Collection of Delinquent Fines in the United Kingdom

Donald Green , Laura Haynes, Rory Gallagher, Peter John, David J. Torgerson

Researchers used a randomized evaluation to test the effectiveness of mobile phone text messaging as a relatively inexpensive alternative method to encourage people to pay their outstanding fees. Text message reminders significantly increased average payment of fines, and were particularly effective when they addressed the recipient by name.


The Use of Nonbinding Contribution Suggestions for a Charitable Fundraising Scheme in Germany

Imran Rasul , Maja Adena, Steffen Huck

Researchers randomized the suggested contribution in a fundraising appeal sent to patrons of the Bavaria State Opera. They found that the suggestions increased the average donation while decreasing the participation rate, resulting in no significant change in the average return per mailing.

Labor Markets

Monetary Transfers to Disadvantaged Youth in France (RCA)

Bruno Crépon , Romain Aeberhardt, Augustin Vicard, Vera Chiodi

In 2012, one in four French youth were unemployed. Those who did have jobs were often in low-wage, temporary positions. Researchers evaluated whether a conditional cash transfer targeted to youth aged 18 to 23 could encourage participation in a job placement program and ultimately help them secure longer-term, higher-paying positions.

Health, Labor Markets

Free Medical Consultations for Young Job Seekers in France

Bruno Crépon , Julie Pernaudet

Poor physical and mental health can prevent youth from becoming financially independent, as unhealthy individuals are less likely to find work. Researchers partnered with five job centers to test whether health counseling targeted at youth increased insurance coverage and health care use, leading to better health and employment outcomes. Encouraging youth to meet with a social worker and with a...

Labor Markets

Collective Counseling for Disadvantaged Job Seekers in France

Bruno Crépon, Gerard van den Berg , Sylvie Blasco, Daphné Skandalis, Arne Uhlendorff

In France, over 40 percent of youth living in poor urban areas are unemployed, twice as much the national youth unemployment rate. Researchers partnered with the French Public Employment Services to test the effectiveness of a collective job-search program targeting disadvantaged youth.

Labor Markets

Can Active Labor Market Policies Combat Youth Unemployment in Denmark?

Michael Rosholm , Jonas Maibom, Michael Svarer

Following the 2007 financial crisis and the subsequent increase in youth unemployment, the Danish government intensified programs aimed at helping young job seekers find work. These programs, also known as active labor market programs (ALMPs), typically include job search counseling, training schemes, and employment subsidies. Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to test the impact of...