Fertility impact of social transfers in Sub-Saharan Africa - What about pensions
2010 (English)Report (Other academic)
The potential link between child-related cash transfers and increased fertility is often raised asan issue of concern when debating their use. Old-age pension is a form of cash transfer wheretheory would suggest the opposite impact, i.e. pensions equal decreasing fertility. A handful ofSub-Saharan African countries have introduced non-contributory social pensions that cover thegreat majority of the older population. It makes them into a distinct group in relation to the rest ofthe region where public old-age security arrangements, if existing at all, are largely reserved forthe formal sector. This paper attempts to trace any impact these high-coverage pensionschemes may have had on fertility. Findings suggest that there has been such an impact, in therange of 0,5 to 1,5 children less per woman depending on model specification.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Manchester: Brooks World Poverty Institute , 2010. , 21 p.
Brooks World Poverty Institute/BWPI working papers, 119
social protection, social transfers, fertility, old age pension, Sub-Saharan Africa
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1122ISBN: 978-1-907247-18-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1122DiVA: diva2:319712