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Labor supply responses to large social transfers: Longitudinal evidence from South Africa

Ardington, Cally, Case, Anne and Hosegood, Victoria (2009) Labor supply responses to large social transfers: Longitudinal evidence from South Africa American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 1, (1), pp. 22-48. (doi:10.1257/app.1.1.22).

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We quantify the labor supply responses of prime-aged adults to the presence of pensioners in their households, using longitudinal data collected in South Africa. We compare households and individuals before and after pension receipt and pension loss, which allows us to control for a host of unobservable household and individual characteristics that may determine labor market behavior. We find large cash transfers to the elderly lead to increased employment among prime-aged adults, which occurs primarily through labor migration. The pension's impact is attributable to the increase in household resources it represents, which can be used to stake migrants until they become self-sufficient, and to the presence of pensioners who can care for small children, which allows prime-aged adults to look for work elsewhere.

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Published date: January 2009
Organisations: Social Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 181781
ISSN: 1945-7782
PURE UUID: 440a53a0-ecc5-480e-8c86-de100297cf97
ORCID for Victoria Hosegood: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 19 Apr 2011 13:04
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:58

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Author: Cally Ardington
Author: Anne Case

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