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Universal Pensions in Mauritius: Lessons for the Rest of Us

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That the Government of Mauritius provides nearly every resident over the age of 60 with a non-contributory, basic pension is one of the best-kept secrets in the world. The scheme dates from 1950 and became universal in 1958, following abolition of a means test. Remarkably, introduction of a compulsory, contributory scheme for workers in the private sector appears to have strengthened the non-contributory regime without affecting its universality. This paper examines the past and future of non-contributory, universal pensions in Mauritius, and draws lessons that might be useful for other countries, especially those in the developing world. United Nations DESA Discussion Paper No.32, April 2003.

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  • Larry Willmore, 2004. "Universal Pensions in Mauritius: Lessons for the Rest of Us," Public Economics 0412003, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwppe:0412003
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    public pensions; social security; means test; targeting; demographic ageing; Mauritius;
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    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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