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Improving Take-Up of Tax Benefits in the United States

Saurabh Bhargava

In the United States, many people who are eligible for social and economic benefits do not claim those benefits. Researchers partnered with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to test the effectiveness of different messages to taxpayers designed to encourage them to claim certain tax benefits.

Extending Health Insurance to the Informal Sector Through Microfinance in Nicaragua

Laurel Hatt
Mursaleena Islam
Freddy Solis Diaz
Martha Gonzalez Monada
Anne Fitzpatrick

In recent years, there has been an increased interest in providing health insurance to poor and vulnerable populations as a means of increasing access to quality healthcare and protecting families from the substantial costs and subsequent income shocks. This evaluation measured the determinants of...

The Impact of Information on Tax Refunds and Tax Filing Decisions in the United States

John Guyton
Brenda Schafer
Michael Sebastiani
Pat Langetieg
Mark Payne
This study examines how reminders to file taxes affect tax filing decisions among lower-income nonfilers (individuals who did not appear on a filed tax return, but the Internal Revenue Service still had data on their income reported by a third party such as an employer). The results of two...

Evidence on Effects of and Rationales for Subsidized Entrepreneurship Training in the United States

Robert W. Fairlie
Subsidizing entrepreneurship training in the United States did not improve access to training services or promoted employment among groups affected by discrimination.

The (Null) Impact of Tax Credit Information on College Enrollment in Texas

Peter Bergman
Jeffrey T. Denning
Researchers conducted a randomized evaluation to test the impact of a large, information-only intervention about tax credits and financial aid for college on college application and enrollment. Information about tax credits did not influence reenrollment, reapplication, or enrollment, even for...

Improving Access to Information to Facilitate Moves to Opportunity

Eric Chan
Adam Kapor
Researchers added school-quality information onto housing listings on the GoSection8 website, the largest provider of housing listings for HCV recipients, to evaluate the impact on families search for housing and their residential locations. The researchers found that access to information changed...

Information and Social Interaction in Savings Decisions in the United States

Emmanuel Saez
For most U.S. families, employers’ pensions, rather than Social Security, are the main source of cash income during retirement. However, many of these pension plans are now reliant on voluntary employee enrollment. This evaluation studied the influence of information and social networks on...

Boosting Firms’ Productivity in Mexico with Consulting Services

Compared to their counterparts in high-income countries, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in low-and-middle-income countries are often less productive, grow slower, and hire fewer workers.