Seminars & Events

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch)

Barriers to Joining a Public Pension Program in a Developing Country

APL (Ajiken Power Lunch) is a lunchtime workshop open to public, including IDE staffs, visiting research fellows, IDEAS students, outside researchers and graduate students. This workshop provides a platform for presentation of any work in progress where we can discuss in either English or Japanese.

Those who would attend a seminar are asked to announce yourself to receptionists on your arrival at the IDE and to obtain APL Organizers' signature on your admission card after the seminar.


December 14, 2018. (Friday) 13:00-14:30


Barriers to Joining a Public Pension Program in a Developing Country

In general, developing countries' public pension participation rates are low. We study three possible constraints for the low participation rate using a randomized control trial and administrative records covering 39 percent of the Mongolian villages. We find that information about monetary benefits does not increase the participation significantly. However, information about mobile phone payment of pension and experts dispatched to the pension administrative agency from a foreign aid agency increase the payment. This result implies that perceived transaction costs and trust affect the demand for annuity products. It also suggests that foreign aid can affect citizen's participation in a public service by changing their perception of the service.

Junichi Yamasaki (Kobe University, Assistant Professor)




Institute of Developing Economies, APL Organizers
E-mail: APLE-mail