Mar 2020
Author(s): Rapoport, Nina; Rojas Méndez, Ana María; Scartascini, Carlos
Behavioral insights are becoming part of the policy toolkit in countries around the world, and the IDB has positioned itself at the forefront of this movement in Latin America and the Caribbean. This…
Dec 2019
Author(s): Mogollón, Mónica; Ortega, Daniel; Scartascini, Carlos
Most tax agencies use letters as the method of communicating with taxpayers. Still, other technologies exist that could be more effective. This paper reports the results of a field experiment…
Aug 2019
Author(s): Carrillo, Paul E.; Castro, Edgar; Scartascini, Carlos
As policymakers increasingly use rewards to encourage good citizenship, it is important to find a reward mechanism that does not curb intrinsic motivation, is long-lasting, and has effects that go…
Aug 2019
Author(s): Carrillo, Paul E.; Castro, Edgar; Scartascini, Carlos
Dado que los responsables de las políticas públicas utilizan cada vez más los incentivos para promover la cultura ciudadana, es importante encontrar un mecanismo de recompensa que no reduzca la…
Apr 2019
Author(s): Castro, Edgar; Scartascini, Carlos
Limited attention affects our ability to make good choices, but governments can improve decision-making by providing simpler and more salient information. We evaluate the role of inattention in…
Mar 2019
Author(s): Christelis, Dimitris; Messina, Julián
We partially identify population treatment effects in observational data under sample selection, without the benefit of random treatment assignment. We provide bounds both for the average and the…
Nov 2018
Author(s): López-Luzuriaga, Andrea; Scartascini, Carlos
What happens when the tax authority increases enforcement in one tax with compliance in other taxes? The very little evidence available is not conclusive. This paper presents a very simple analytical…
Apr 2017
Author(s): Carrillo, Paul E.; Castro, Edgar; Scartascini, Carlos
This paper evaluates the effect of positive inducements on tax behavior by exploiting a natural experiment in which a municipality of Argentina randomly selected 400 individuals among more than 72,…
Apr 2016
Author(s): Camacho, Adriana; Messina, Julián; Uribe, Juan Pablo
Rapid expansion in the demand for post-secondary education triggered an unprecedented boom of higher education programs in Colombia, possibly deteriorating quality. This paper uses rich…
Nov 2015
Author(s): Ortega, Daniel; Scartascini, Carlos
There is an ample literature on the determinants of tax compliance. Several field experiments have evaluated the effect and comparative relevance of sending deterrence and moral suasion messages to…
Nov 2009
Author(s): Scartascini, Carlos; Tommasi, Mariano; Velasques de Paula Machado, Fabiana
This paper argues that where institutions are strong, actors are more likely to participate in the political process through institutionalized arenas, while where they are weak, protests and other…