Universal Pensions in Mauritius: Lessons for the Rest of Us
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
United Nations DESA Discussion Paper No. 32
That the Government of Mauritius provides nearly every resident over the age of 60 with a non-contributory, basic pension is one of the best-kept secrets in the world. The scheme dates from 1950 and became universal in 1958, following abolition of a means test. Remarkably, introduction of a compulsory, contributory scheme for workers in the private sector appears to have strengthened the non-contributory regime without affecting its universality. This paper examines the past and future of non-contributory, universal pensions in Mauritius, and draws lessons that might be useful for other countries, especially those in the developing world.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: public pensions, social security, means test, targeting, demographic ageing, Mauritius
JEL Classification: H55
Date posted: May 26, 2003