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Poverty among older people in Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Leonardo Gasparini

    (CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

  • Javier Alejo

    (CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

  • Francisco Haimovich

    (CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

  • Sergio Olivieri

    (CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)

  • Leopoldo Tornarolli

    (CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)


This paper provides evidence on the incidence of poverty among older people in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), based on household survey microdata from 20 countries. The situation of older people is characterised in terms of income, education, health and access to services vis-à-vis the rest of the population. The paper identifies the role played by the current pension systems in LAC, and assesses the efforts needed to achieve substantial improvements towards the reduction of old age poverty. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Leonardo Gasparini & Javier Alejo & Francisco Haimovich & Sergio Olivieri & Leopoldo Tornarolli, 2010. "Poverty among older people in Latin America and the Caribbean," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(2), pages 176-207.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:22:y:2010:i:2:p:176-207 DOI: 10.1002/jid.1539

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    1. Javier Olivera & Blanca Zuluaga, 2014. "The Ex‐Ante Effects Of Non‐Contributory Pensions In Colombia And Peru," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 26(7), pages 949-973, October.
    2. Loumrhari, Ghizlan, 2016. "Pensions sociales et réduction de la pauvreté. Le cas du Maroc
      [Social pensions and reduction of the poverty. The case of Morocco]
      ," MPRA Paper 74076, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Ojimba, Thankgod Peter, 1. "Socio-Demographic Factors As Determinants Of Poverty In Crude Oil Polluted Crop Farms In Rivers State, Nigeria," International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics (IJFAEC), Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Department of Economics and Finance, vol. 1.
    4. Espinoza-Delgado, Jose & Klasen, Stephan, 2017. "Gender and Multidimensional Poverty in Nicaragua, An Individual-based Approach," MPRA Paper 81907, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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