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Universal Pensions in Low Income Countries

  • Larry Willmore

    (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)

Most workers in developing countries have no access to pensions in old age. Well-intentioned reformers have concentrated on privatization, but this does nothing to expand coverage. Non-contributory, universal pensions automatically protect an entire population, in a way that contributory pensions - public or private - never can. This paper explores the feasibility of introducing such pensions in low-income countries. October 2004 revised and expanded edition of the September 2001 paper. Initiative for Policy Dialogue Working Paper No. IPD-01-05.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 04 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0412002
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 22. Discussion Paper No. IPD- 01-05Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Pensions and Social Insurance Section,
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