Large Cash Transfers to the Elderly in South Africa
AbstractThe authors examine the social pension in South Africa, where large cash sums--about twice the median per capita income of African bouseholds--are paid to people qualified by age but irrespective of previous contributions. They present the history of the scheme and use a 1993 nationally representative survey to investigate the redistributive consequences of the transfers, documenting who receive the pensions, their levels of living, and those of their families. The authors also look at behavioral effects, particularly the effects of the cash receipts on the allocation of income to food, schooling, transfers, and savings.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.
Volume (Year): 108 (1998)
Issue (Month): 450 (September)
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- Anne Case & Angus Deaton, 1996. "Large Cash Transfers to the Elderly in South Africa," NBER Working Papers 5572, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Case, A. & Deaton, A., 1996. "Large Cash Transfers to the Elderly in South Africa," Papers 176, Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies.
- H3 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents
- J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
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