Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Political Economy




Within the past few decades a torrent of books, pamphlets and articles, advocating or criticizing solutions to the problem of aged dependency, have appeared. We fine, therefore, that the amount of literature upon the subject of old age pensions and insurance is now very considerable.

The reason for the great amount of discussion on the subject is that the various solutions contain ethical, social and economic implications which are out of harmony witheach other.

In this thesis the author has attempted to present a general picture of the problem of caring for the aged rather that concentrate on some particular phase of it. This has been done in order to demonstrate the effect which these implications have had on the historical development of old age pensions and old age insurance, and to indicate the probable effect which they will have in future trends in these systems.

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