Marina Dodlova / Anna Giolbas / Jann Lay

Non-Contributory Social Transfer Programmes (NSTP) in Developing Countries Data Set v1.1

The NSTP data set provides a comprehensive overview of non-contributory social transfer programmes in developing countries. It covers 186 programmes in 101 countries up until 2015. We provide the data in two formats. The text format consists of a list of countries included and descriptive programme profiles. The table format was obtained by encoding all details and characteristics of the respective social transfer programmes in panel form and is accompanied by a codebook. (This dataset is the updated version of


101 developing countries

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  • ECLAC (2016). Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean Database. Online
  • International Labour Organization (2013). Social Security Inquiry Database. Online
  • Pension Watch (2015). Social Pensions Database. Online
  • World Bank (2014). ASPIRE: The Atlas of Social Protection – Indicators of Resilience and Equity. Online
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