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Large Cash Transfers to the Elderly in South Africa

Anne Case () and Angus Deaton ()

Working Papers from Princeton, Woodrow Wilson School - Development Studies

Abstract: Although many governments in developing countries profess redistributive aims, and although standard efficiency arguments suggests that cash transfers are the best way of accomplishing such aims, direct cash transfers to the poor are rare. In this paper we examine a counter example, the "social pension" in South Africa, where large cash sums - about twice the median per capita income of African households - are paid to people qualified by age but irrespective of previous contributions.

Keywords: AGING; SOUTH AFRICA; SOCIAL SECURITY (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H50 H55 J10 J14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1996
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