State pension payouts boost migrant job prospects for household members

Policy Brief 04
Author(s): 
Cally Ardington, Anne Case and Victoria Hosegood
Publication date: 
February, 2011

Large cash transfers to elderly South Africans, in the form of government pensions, boost the job prospects of working-age members of their households. In particular, men and women between the ages of 18 and 50, who live in a household with a pensioner, are more likely to become migrant workers than those living in households that do not benefit from a cash transfer.

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