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By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on Population, Panel on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Africa, Jane Menken, Barney Cohen

In keeping with a workshop equipped through the Committee on inhabitants in collaboration with the well-being and inhabitants department, institution of Public healthiness, Univ. of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July, c2004. provides to wisdom of the location of older humans in sub-Saharan Africa, and indicates extra study during this region. For researchers. Softcover.

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Although several countries have participated in the World Bank’s Living Standards Measurement Study or conducted other forms of ad hoc crosssectional surveys of income, expenditure, and consumption to provide a snapshot of household living standards at a given point in time (see, for example, National Bureau of Statistics [Tanzania], 2002; National Statistics Office [Malawi], 2005), virtually no sub-Saharan African country regularly collects nationally representative household-level survey data to monitor trends in household income and expenditure over time.

In this volume). Households containing only older people constitute a very small percentage of households in sub-Saharan Africa (Kakwani and Subbarao, 2005). Resources that come into households are typically shared in some fashion among various household members, and it is often extremely difficult, if not impossible, to determine how these resources are divided (Deaton and Paxson, 1992). A common supposition in the development literature is that prime-age adults who bring money into a household 6It should also not be forgotten that nomadic pastoralism remains an important subsistence system in many parts of Africa.

Another crucial policy question in the region is whether economic growth is needed in order to broaden the social safety net. Kakwani and Subbarao (2005) investigate the likely fiscal implications of providing some sort of social pension to older people in various sub-Saharan African countries and study the impacts on poverty rates. The authors have found that the fiscal cost of providing a universal noncontributory social pension to all of older people in sub-Saharan Africa would be quite high, around 2 to 3 percent of gross domestic product, a level comparable to—or even higher than—the current levels of public spending on health care in some subSaharan African nations.

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