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Can Latin America Protect the Elderly with Non-Contributory Programmes? The Case of Uruguay

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  • Natalia Ferreira-Coimbra
  • Alvaro Forteza

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Coverage of contributory pension programmes has been quite disappointing in Latin America in the aftermath of the reforms. The question thus arises as to whether non-contributory programmes could fill the gap. Uruguay is atypical in this region in that the proportion of the elderly receiving contributory pensions is high, and the incidence of poverty among the aged population is lower than among any other age group. But several observers fear that this situation could deteriorate in the future, because the conditions for accessing the pensions have been significantly tightened in the past decade. This article assesses several options for reforming the existing non-contributory pension programme, and estimates their fiscal cost. Copyright Overseas Development Institute 2005.

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  • Natalia Ferreira-Coimbra & Alvaro Forteza, 2005. "Can Latin America Protect the Elderly with Non-Contributory Programmes? The Case of Uruguay," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 23(6), pages 683-702, November.
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    1. Jorge Alonso & Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Laura Juárez, 2016. "The Effect of Non-contributory Pensions on Saving in Mexico," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 7861, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Jorge Alonso & Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Laura Juárez, 2016. "The Effect of Non-contributory Pensions on Saving in Mexico," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 95976, Inter-American Development Bank.
    3. Titelman, Daniel & Vera, Cecilia & Perez Caldentey, Esteban, 2008. "The Latin American experience in pension system reform: Coverage, fiscal issues and possible implications for China," MPRA Paper 13730, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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