Welfare Effects of a Non-Contributory Old Age Pension: Experimental Evidence for Ekiti State, Nigeria

38 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2019

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Maria Laura Alzua

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS)

Natalia Cantet

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics

Ana Dammert

Carleton University

Damilola Olajide

Initiative for Evidence Based Development and Empowerment

Date Written: June 26, 2019

Abstract

Many countries in the developing world have implemented non-contributory old-age pensions. Evidence of the impact of such policies on the elderly in Sub-Saharan Africa is scarce, however. In this paper, we provide the first evidence from a randomized evaluation of an unconditional, non-contributory pension scheme targeted at the elderly in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Our findings show that treated beneficiaries self-reported better quality of life, more stable mental health, and better general health. We also provide evidence of spillover effects on labor outcomes and on household expenditure patterns as well as support for demand-side interventions aimed at improving the welfare of elderly poor citizens and other household members.

Keywords: Randomized controlled trials, Aging, Non-contributory pensions, Health, Developing Countries

JEL Classification: C21, C93, H31, H55, H75, I38

Suggested Citation

Alzua, Maria Laura and Cantet, Natalia and Dammert, Ana and Olajide, Damilola, Welfare Effects of a Non-Contributory Old Age Pension: Experimental Evidence for Ekiti State, Nigeria (June 26, 2019). Partnership for Economic Policy Working Paper No. 2019-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3410622 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3410622

Maria Laura Alzua (Contact Author)

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) ( email )

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La Plata, Provincia de Buenos Aires 1900
Argentina

Natalia Cantet

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

Ana Dammert

Carleton University ( email )

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Canada

Damilola Olajide

Initiative for Evidence Based Development and Empowerment ( email )

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Nigeria
8128723428 (Phone)

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