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Failing the needy: public social spending in Latin America

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  • Peter Lloyd-Sherlock

    (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK)

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    The paper accounts for the failure of public social spending in Latin American to reach poor and vulnerable groups of the population. It considers the level and allocation of expenditure; the distribution of entitlements across the population and the capacity of different groups to mobilize these entitlements. Whilst total spending levels compare favourably with other developing regions, only a small share is allocated to programmes with greatest potential for poverty reduction. Poor and vulnerable groups enjoy a much narrower range of entitlements than less needy sections and have greater difficulty in mobilizing these entitlements. Recent reform programmes have done little to reduce these inequitable effects. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 101-119

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:12:y:2000:i:1:p:101-119

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    1. Lopez, Ramon, 2003. "The Policy Roots of Socioeconomic Stagnation and Environmental Implosion: Latin America 1950-2000," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 259-280, February.
    2. Arne Bigsten & Jörgen Levin, 2010. "Growth, Income Distribution, and Poverty: A Review," Working Papers id:3296, eSocialSciences.
    3. Lloyd-Sherlock, Peter, 2000. "Old Age and Poverty in Developing Countries: New Policy Challenges," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(12), pages 2157-2168, December.
    4. Nohra Rey de Marulanda & Julio Guzmán, 2003. "Inequidad, desarrollo humano y política social: Importancia de las "Condiciones Iniciales"," IDB Publications 10598, Inter-American Development Bank.

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