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This paper investigates the role of basic pensions in alleviating poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Using the most recent Senegalese household income-expenditure data survey, we construct scenarios of universal and means-tested basic pension schemes with different generosity levels. Simulations indicate that basic pension benefits have sizeable impact on poverty reduction amongst households, with elderly members, which translates into large decreases in aggregate poverty measures. The paper alsodoi:10.2139/ssrn.1838718 fatcat:r5ezy2ys25hbjczpyxs4zf5rti