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Pensions in Africa

Anthony Asher

in The Oxford Handbook of Pensions and Retirement Income

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199272464
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199272464.003.0041

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Pensions in Africa

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The article is organized as follows. The first section provides some background on the economies of Africa, a short discussion on the causes of poverty, and a description of the informal sector. This is followed by a relatively detailed description of the South African pension system. Apart from the author's familiarity with South Africa, its subsistence and informal sectors have much in common with the rest of Africa, while both its public and private sectors provide a number of models for potential development. Its policy makers and entrepreneurs have a growing influence on other African countries, particularly in southern Africa. The article then extends the description to other African countries. A final section also raises some research questions.

Keywords: pension system; South Africa; private sectors; policy makers; entrepreneurs; subsistence; informal sectors

Article.  8178 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics ; International Business

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