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Examining the Adoption of Old-Age Security Programs in the Developing World

Citation

Brown, J. Scott (2005). Examining the Adoption of Old-Age Security Programs in the Developing World. Sociological Perspectives, 48(4), 505-529.

Abstract

This study examines the adoption of income-tested old-age security programs and mandatory privatized security programs in developing nations from 1960 to 1999. Program data on more than one hundred nations are modeled using discrete-time logistic regression. Findings suggest that, for privatized programs, the level of democratization in a nation is an important predictor. Inertia of existing programs and the role of structural adjustment policies in the 1990s are also important in determining the likelihood of program adoptions of this type. For income-tested programs, the number of political strikes experienced by a nation is associated with program adoption. Results suggest that the study of social policy in the developing world is important for understanding processes behind the development of the welfare state.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/sop.2005.48.4.505

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2005

Journal Title

Sociological Perspectives

Author(s)

Brown, J. Scott