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UBC-DIBS Behavioural Insights Seminar f. Dr. Vince Hopkins (Mar 10)

Vince Hopkins (University of Saskatchewan) will share his work exploring how financial scarcity impacts take-up of employment services […]

UBC-DIBS Behavioural Insights Seminar

Friday, Mar. 10, 10-11am PT
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How Does Financial Scarcity Impact Take-Up of Employment Services? Evidence from a Survey Experiment

Vince Hopkins
University of Saskatchewan

Labour market programs help people improve their job chances, but low-income individuals rarely participate. We conduct a survey experiment in British Columbia, Canada (N=1,274), exploring whether financial scarcity leads to temporal discounting in the context of employment services. We find that low-income individuals prefer job training programs with immediate benefits when faced with a large financial shock, while high-income individuals do not.

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