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Elderly Poverty and Its Measurement

Yoko Niimi () and Charles Horioka ()

No DP2021-23, Discussion Paper Series from Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University

Abstract: This paper examines various aspects of elderly poverty and its measurement. It first discusses some of the most important issues relating to measuring elderly poverty. It then reviews recent trends in elderly poverty, which show considerable heterogeneity in the extent of elderly poverty even among developed countries. Such cross-country differences are due at least partly to differences in the generosity of public old-age pensions and other social safety nets for the elderly. Empirical evidence also corroborates that the expansion of public pension programs has often played a key role in reducing elderly poverty.

Keywords: Elderly poverty; Population aging; Poverty measurement; Public pensions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H55 I32 J14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 14 pages
Date: 2021-11
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