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What Is the Impact of Non-Contributory Pensions on Poverty? Estimates from Brazil and South Africa


  • Barrientos, Armando


This paper considers the impact of cash transfer programmes for the old in Brazil and South Africa on poverty among households with older people. Using datasets collected specifically for the purpose, the paper constructs conditional and unconditional estimates of the poverty reduction capacity of these programmes. The paper finds that non-contributory pensions have a measurable and significant impact upon poverty reduction and poverty prevention in the two countries studied.

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  • Barrientos, Armando, 2003. "What Is the Impact of Non-Contributory Pensions on Poverty? Estimates from Brazil and South Africa," Development Economics and Public Policy Working Papers 30556, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:idpmde:30556

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    1. Armando Barrientos, 2002. "Old age, poverty and social investment," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(8), pages 1133-1141.
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    1. Kassouf, Ana Lucia & de Oliveira, Pedro Rodrigues, 2012. "Impact evaluation of the brazilian non-contibutory pension program Beneficio de PrestaƧao Continuada (BPC) on family welfare," PEP Working Papers 164405, Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP).
    2. Ana lucia Kassouf & Pedro Oliveira, 2014. "Impact Evaluation of the Brazilian Social Programs on Family Welfare," ERSA conference papers ersa14p132, European Regional Science Association.
    3. John Toye & David Hulme, 2005. "The case for cross-disciplinary social science research on poverty, inequality and well-being," Economics Series Working Papers GPRG-WPS-001, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
    4. Biyase, Mduduzi, 2018. "Assessing the impact of social grants on household welfare using morning after simulation and PSM approach," MPRA Paper 84477, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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