Manipulation of Social Program Eligibility : Detection , Explanations and Consequences for Empirical Research

@inproceedings{Camacho2009ManipulationOS,
  title={Manipulation of Social Program Eligibility : Detection , Explanations and Consequences for Empirical Research},
  author={Adriana Camacho and Emily Conover and David J. Levine and Daniel Mej́ıa and Edward Miguel and Enrico Moretti and Suresh Naidu and Paulina Oliva and Catarina Pinto and Nora Rojas Rojas},
  year={2009}
}
We document manipulation of a targeting system which used a poverty index score to determine eligibility for social welfare programs in Colombia, including health insurance. We show strategic behavior in the timing of the household interviews around local elections, and direct manipulation when some households had their eligibility scores lowered. Initially the number of interviews increased around local elections. After the algorithm was made public to local officials, the score density… CONTINUE READING

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