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Social Security and Rural Poverty in Brazil

Juliano J. Assunção, Flávia Chein


This paper investigates the effectiveness of the social security system as a rural antipoverty policy. The source of econometric identification is a Brazilian legislative change implemented in 1991 that reduced the minimum eligibility age, increased the benefits, and extended the participation to non-head of the household members. Our findings indicate that the reform has reduced the incidence of poverty by 40% in eligible households.


Social Security; Poverty

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12660/bre.v29n22009.3442

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