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Disability Benefits: The Neglected Social Security Instrument

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March, 2016

Disability benefits are rarely given prominence in discussions on social security in developing countries. So, while disability benefits are often invisible in social security policy discussions, it is likely that they are as common as conditional cash transfer schemes (although CCTs receive rather more publicity given their popularity among neoliberals). Indeed, if we were to expand our horizons and include high-income countries, we’d find that disability benefits are a core social security instrument in many countries: most OECD countries have disability benefits, with expenditures commonly ranging between 1% and 5% of GDP.

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