PIERI-12000 Impact Evaluation of the Brazilian Pension Program Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC) on Family Welfare


Public policy addressed to the poor has increased sharply in Brazil since the 90's. However, the lack of evaluation of the social outcomes and the cost effectiveness of these policies leads to a controversial debate among policy makers and tax payers. Our study tackles the social outcomes of a non-contributory pension scheme addressed to the elderly in Brazil: the BPC. Every old aged person (65 years old) with a family per capita income lower than 25% of the current minimum wage is eligible for the program, receiving one minimum wage. Considering that government expenditure on this program is high, it is of interest to know to what extent the program affects the beneficiaries and their family members. We expect changes in their labor supply and living arrengements, improvement in nutritional and health conditions, and higher enrolment and less drop-out among youths. We intend to evaluate these effects through a Regression Discontinuity design with a cutoff point at age 65. Data come from different years (1993-2007) of the National Household Surveys (PNAD). We will also use difference in differences and the period 1993-1996 to check for anticipation issues, given that the program was implemented in 1996.


Project leader: Ana Lucia Kassouf

Project researchers: Juliana Maria de Aquino | Pedro Oliveira

Journal publication

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Working Papers

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Impact evaluation of the brazilian non-contributory pension program Benefício de Prestação Continuada (BPC) on family welfare 2012-11-25 1694.44KB 0 0

Policy Briefs

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Impact evaluation of a non-contributory pension program on family welfare in Brazil: Benefício da Prestação Continuada (BPC) 2012-11-26 1544.88KB 0 0

Final report

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2012-04-25 201.01KB 1 1


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