Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá

We carried out a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá, the recipient of Colombia´s highest number of internally displaced people (IDP), to assess whether the use of SMS to communicate eligibility to social benefits fosters the welfare of victimized internal refugees. Only a fraction of IDP are eleg...

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Autores Principales: Blanco, Mariana, Vargas, Juan F.
Formato: Documento de trabajo (Working Paper)
Lenguaje:Inglés (English)
Publicado: Universidad del Rosario 2010
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spelling ir-10336-112882019-09-19T12:37:01Z Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá Blanco, Mariana Vargas, Juan F. Problemas sociales & bienestar social en general Desplazados por la violencia Desplazamiento forzado Políticas públicas Comunicación::Aspectos Sociales Violencia::Aspectos Sociales Bogotá (Colombia)::Condiciones Sociales We carried out a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá, the recipient of Colombia´s highest number of internally displaced people (IDP), to assess whether the use of SMS to communicate eligibility to social benefits fosters the welfare of victimized internal refugees. Only a fraction of IDP are elegible to benefits. We inform eligibility via SMS to a random half of IDP-households who are, and estimate the Local Average Treatment Effect of the text message on the knowledge of the benefits available tothe displaced population. We show that while on the average treated households know their rights better than controls, a more disaggregate analysis suggest that there is variation of awareness across benefits. The intervention was overall successful in empowering IDP and the use of SMS should be widened as a social policy instrument. However our results suggest that text messages should be complemented with other communication strategies, yet to be evaluated. 2010 2015-10-16T13:05:36Z info:eu-repo/semantics/workingPaper info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion http://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/11288 Universidad del Rosario eng info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess application/pdf Universidad del Rosario Facultad de Economía instname:Universidad del Rosario reponame:Repositorio Institucional EdocUR instname:Universidad del Rosario
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language Inglés (English)
topic Problemas sociales & bienestar social en general
Desplazados por la violencia
Desplazamiento forzado
Políticas públicas
Comunicación::Aspectos Sociales
Violencia::Aspectos Sociales
Bogotá (Colombia)::Condiciones Sociales
spellingShingle Problemas sociales & bienestar social en general
Desplazados por la violencia
Desplazamiento forzado
Políticas públicas
Comunicación::Aspectos Sociales
Violencia::Aspectos Sociales
Bogotá (Colombia)::Condiciones Sociales
Blanco, Mariana
Vargas, Juan F.
Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá
description We carried out a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá, the recipient of Colombia´s highest number of internally displaced people (IDP), to assess whether the use of SMS to communicate eligibility to social benefits fosters the welfare of victimized internal refugees. Only a fraction of IDP are elegible to benefits. We inform eligibility via SMS to a random half of IDP-households who are, and estimate the Local Average Treatment Effect of the text message on the knowledge of the benefits available tothe displaced population. We show that while on the average treated households know their rights better than controls, a more disaggregate analysis suggest that there is variation of awareness across benefits. The intervention was overall successful in empowering IDP and the use of SMS should be widened as a social policy instrument. However our results suggest that text messages should be complemented with other communication strategies, yet to be evaluated.
format Documento de trabajo (Working Paper)
author Blanco, Mariana
Vargas, Juan F.
author_facet Blanco, Mariana
Vargas, Juan F.
author_sort Blanco, Mariana
title Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá
title_short Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá
title_full Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá
title_fullStr Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá
title_full_unstemmed Empowering IDP with SMS: a randomized controlled trial in Bogotá
title_sort empowering idp with sms: a randomized controlled trial in bogotá
publisher Universidad del Rosario
publishDate 2010
url http://repository.urosario.edu.co/handle/10336/11288
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