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On the Distributional Implications of Social Protection Reforms in Latin America

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    The paper tracks recent changes in the components of social protection in Latin America, the reforms to social insurance in the 1990s and the growth of social assistance in the 2000s, and assesses their effects on poverty and inequality and implications for welfare institutions in the region. The analysis focuses on public subsidies to social protection and their rebalancing. The paper concludes that the expansion of social assistance in the region will result in social protection institutions which are more comprehensive and distributionally progressive.

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    Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2011/69.

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    Date of creation: 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2011-69

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    Keywords: Latin America; social insurance; social assistance; social protection; poverty; inequality;

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    1. On the Distributional Implications of Social Protection Reforms in Latin America
      by Maximo Rossi in Wikiprogress América Latina on 2012-04-01 23:26:00
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    1. Armando Barrientos, 2013. "Politicising poverty in Latin America in the light of Rawls’ ‘strains of commitment’ argument for a social minimum," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 18213, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
    2. Richard M. Bird & Eric M. Zolt, 2013. "Taxation and Inequality in the Americas: Changing the Fiscal Contract?," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1322, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
    3. Carrera Troyano, Miguel & Muñoz de Bustillo, Rafael, 2013. "Tres décadas de economía, ideología económica y políticas en la evolución de la pobreza y la desigualdad en América Latina
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      ," MPRA Paper 51867, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2013.
    4. Seguino, Stephanie & Braunstein, Elissa, 2012. "The impact of economic policy and structural change on gender employment inequality in Latin America, 1990-2010," MPRA Paper 43261, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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