The Disparate Effect of Nudges on Minority Groups

Maya Haran Rosen, Orly Sade

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We compare the effect of a text message sent to mobile phones on the actions of minority groups versus the general population in Israel. Using proprietary data from a dedicated survey, we show that the text message had an overall positive effect, but a significantly smaller effect on minority groups. We provide insights into potential channels (low digital literacy, low financial literacy, and low trust) that contribute to the differential effect. This evidence suggests that policy interventions relying on voluntary take-up by participants may be disproportionately taken up by nonmarginalized groups, an unintended effect that can exacerbate rather than mitigate disparities. (JEL D14, G38, G41, G51, G53, I38).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)605-643
Number of pages39
JournalReview of Corporate Finance Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Business and International Management
  • Finance


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