הצטרפות מוקדמת והשתתפות ב"חיסכון לכל ילד": עדויות מהפעלת התוכנית

Translated title of the contribution: Early enrollment and participation in the Savings for Every Child program: evidence from the program rollout

מיכל גרינשטין-ויס, אופיר פינטו, אולגה קונדרטג'בה, סטיבן רול, סם בופה, טליה-מיטל שוורץ-טיירי

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Abstract

Child Development Accounts (CDAs) are bank or investment accounts typically opened at birth or during a child’s early years with the aim of promoting savings and asset accumulation for child development purposes,such as post-secondary education or home ownership. Beginning in January of 2017, the Israeli government established a universal CDA program called the Savings for Every Child Program (SECP). Under the program, every Israeli child gets a personal investment fund into which the government makes monthly contributions, and parents can further opt to make additional monthly deposits and change the default deposit location for these funds (e.g., a bank account versus an investment fund). Using population-level administrative data, this paper examines SECP enrollment and participation patterns for the first six months following the program’s inception. We observe generally high rates of program participation among SECP-eligible households. However, we also find that more affluent, better educated, more employed, and ethnic majority households tend to engage with the program at higher rates and in ways that will likely yield higher economic returns in the future. These results indicate that while the SECP may increase the overall financial security of Israelis, it may also contribute to growing economic inequality.
Translated title of the contributionEarly enrollment and participation in the Savings for Every Child program: evidence from the program rollout
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)27-47
Number of pages21
Journalביטחון סוציאלי
Volume116
StatePublished - 2022

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