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Social Protection of Older People

David Bloom, Emmanuel Jimenez and Larry Rosenberg ()
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Emmanuel Jimenez: World Economic Forum
Larry Rosenberg: Harvard School of Public Health

PGDA Working Papers from Program on the Global Demography of Aging

Abstract: Social protection is a major arena of government activity aimed at ensuring that vulnerable population groups receive appropriate and effective public support to ensure their financial security and to safeguard their health. However, despite the growth and extent of social protection programs in both developed and developing countries, most emerging economies have nascent systems and only a small portion of all such efforts address the specific vulnerabilities and needs of older people. This paper (a) discusses the vulnerabilities of older people and the benefits of crafting social programs to address them; (b) describes the nature of social protection and the forms it can take to address those vulnerabilities; (c) reports descriptive evidence on the availability and use of social protection programs; and (d) delineates steps that can be taken to remedy the shortfalls experienced by older people.

Keywords: aging; social protection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2011-11
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