Click here for search results
Social protection in Latin America : achievements and limitations, Volume 1
 
Author:Ferreira , Francisco H.G.; Robalino, David; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5305
Country:Latin America; Date Stored:2010/05/10
Document Date:2010/05/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Rural Poverty Reduction; Debt Markets; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Services & Transfers to Poor; Insurance LawLanguage:English
Region:Latin America & CaribbeanReport Number:WPS5305
Volume No:1  

Summary: Social protection systems in Latin America have been transformed in the past two decades. Until the 1980s, those who were not covered by the social security arrangements available primarily in the urban formal sector received little public assistance beyond universal subsidies for some food or fuel purchases. Since the 1990s, the introduction of non-contributory social insurance programs (including "social pensions") and conditional cash transfers has substantially extended the coverage and improved the incidence of social assistance. However, the organic growth of subsidized social assistance in parallel to the older social insurance system, financed largely out of taxes on formal sector employment, has led to a dual system that is neither properly equitable nor efficient. The twin challenges that now face social protection in Latin America are to better integrate those two halves of the system, and to develop programs that promote sustainable self-reliance, by moving from "safety nets" to "opportunity ropes."

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 41 pagesOfficial version*2.87 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order

* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/GVDJI0ZEO0