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Cash benefits to disabled persons in Brazil: An analysis of the BPC ? Continuous Cash Benefit Programme


  • Marcelo Medeiros

    () (International Poverty Centre)

  • Debora Diniz

    () (University of Brasilia, Brazil)

  • Flávia Squinca

    () (University of Brasilia, Brazil)


The paper presents an analysis of the Continuous Cash Benefit Programme (BPC, which stands for Benefício de Prestação Continuada in Portuguese), an unconditional cash transfer to the elderly or to extremely poor individuals with disabilities. The information used in the assessment stems from the study of court decisions and laws related to the programme since its implementation, an analysis based on questionnaires applied to medical experts, interviews with the programme managers, as well as a review of pre-existing studies regarding BPC. In order to contribute to the management of the programme, as well as to improvements or even implementation of similar programmes in other countries, the study gives some recommendations about the design, operation and future evaluations of the programme.

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  • Marcelo Medeiros & Debora Diniz & Flávia Squinca, 2006. "Cash benefits to disabled persons in Brazil: An analysis of the BPC ? Continuous Cash Benefit Programme," Working Papers 16, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:16

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    1. Fabio Veras Soares & Sergei Suarez Dillon Soares & Marcelo Medeiros & Rafael Guerreiro Osório, 2006. "Cash Transfer Programmes in Brazil: Impacts on Inequality and Poverty," Working Papers 21, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
    2. repec:ilo:ilowps:480691 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Pedro H. G. Ferreira de Souza, 2012. "Poverty, Inequality and Social Policies in Brazil, 1995-2009," Working Papers 87, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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    BPC; Continuous Cash Benefit; Cash benefits;


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