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Social Protection in Latin America: Achievements and Limitations

Francisco H. G. Ferreira and David A. Robalino

in The Oxford Handbook of Latin American Economics

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199571048
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199571048.013.0033

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Economics

 Social Protection in Latin America: Achievements and Limitations

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This chapter focuses on social assistance programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): those designed primarily to reduce poverty and deprivation. It looks briefly at the evolution of these programmes since their inception, about a century ago, but concentrates primarily on the dramatic expansion in and transformation of Latin America's social assistance portfolio in the last two decades. The chapter pays special attention to four basic types of programmes: in-kind transfers (particularly food programmes); workfare programmes; non-contributory social insurance schemes (such as social pensions); and conditional cash transfers.

Keywords: social assistance programmes; LAC; conditional cash transfers; in-kind transfers; social insurance; poverty reduction

Article.  11186 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Public Economics ; Economic Development and Growth

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