Universal Pensions in Mauritius: Lessons for the Rest of Us

Willmore, L. (2003). Universal Pensions in Mauritius: Lessons for the Rest of Us. DOI:10.2139/ssrn.398280. In: 4th International Research Conference on Social Security, International Social Security Association, Antwerp, Belgium.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: United Nations DESA Discussion Paper No. 32.
Uncontrolled Keywords: public pensions, social security, means test, targeting, demographic ageing, Mauritius
Research Programs: Social Security Reform (SSR)
Depositing User: Romeo Molina
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 15:38
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:41
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14286

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