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Programas Focalizados de Transferência de Renda no Brasil: Contribuições para o Debate

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  • Marcelo Medeiros
  • Tatiana Britto
  • Fábio Soares

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We describe several characteristics of the two most important targeted cash transfer programs in Brazil, the Continuous Cash Benefit - BPC and the Bolsa Familia, and discuss their institutional aspects, long term sustainability, beneficiaries and levels of targeting. We also address the need of conditionalities, the effects of the transfers on labor market participation, contributions for the pensions system and gender inequality, as well as the relevance of the so called `exit doors`. Our conclusion is that, on the one hand, the programs are accomplishing the goals they were designed to, have a relevant impact on poverty and inequality and achieve a good performance in international terms, under costs which are compatible with the Brazilian budgetary capacity; on the other hand, they apparently have no negative effects on incentives to work and to contribute to the pensions system. Therefore, we argue that these programs should be kept in place and, if possible, expanded in the near future.

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  • Marcelo Medeiros & Tatiana Britto & Fábio Soares, 2007. "Programas Focalizados de Transferência de Renda no Brasil: Contribuições para o Debate," Discussion Papers 1283, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA.
  • Handle: RePEc:ipe:ipetds:1283
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    1. Tavares, Priscilla Albuquerque, 2010. "Efeito do Programa Bolsa Família sobre a oferta de trabalho das mães," Revista Economia e Sociedade, Instituto de Economia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), vol. 41, pages 1-23, December.
    2. Lia Chitolina & Miguel Nathan Foguel & Naercio Menezes-Filho, 2013. "The Impact of the Expansion of the Bolsa Família Programme on the Time Allocation of Youths and Labour Supply of Adults," Working Papers 120, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
    3. Chitolina, Lia & Foguel, Miguel Nathan & Menezes-Filho, Naercio Aquino, 2016. "The impact of the expansion of the bolsa familia program on the time allocation of youths and their parents," Revista Brasileira de Economia - RBE, FGV/EPGE - Escola Brasileira de Economia e Finanças, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), vol. 70(2), July.

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