Do knowledge gains from public information campaigns persist over time? Results from a survey experiment on the Norwegian pension reform

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2015-05-21

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Cambridge University Press

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Government authorities use resources on information campaigns in order to inform citizens about relevant policy changes. The motivation is usually that individuals sometimes are ill- informed about the public policies relevant for their choices. In a survey experiment where the treatment group was provided with public information material on the social security system, we assess the short- and medium-term knowledge effects. We show that the short run effects of the information on knowledge disappear completely within 4 months. The fi ndings illustrate the limits of public information campaigns to improve knowledge about relevant policy reforms.

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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10642/3124