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dc.contributor.authorSkoufias, Emmanuelen_US
dc.contributor.authorLindert, Kathyen_US
dc.contributor.authorShapiro, Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-17en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-26T07:42:10Z-
dc.date.available2011-04-26T07:42:10Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-9230-169-9en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/45136-
dc.description.abstractThis paper focuses on measuring the extent to which publicly subsidized transfers in Latin America and the Caribbean redistribute income. The redistributive power of 56 transfers in eight countries is measured by their simulated impacts on poverty and inequality, and by their distributional characteristic. Our findings suggest that public transfers can be effective instruments to redistribute income to the poor. Yet frequently they have not managed to do so. The redistributive impacts from social insurance are limited - and even regressive in some countries. This is due to two design factors: a truncation in coverage due to requirements of membership in formal labour markets which exclude the majority of the poor, and highly generous unit benefits for those in the upper quintiles. The more recent emergence of social assistance only partially offsets this historical truncation of public transfers in the region. Despite coverage and distributional patterns that favour the poor, small unit subsidies limit the redistributive, poverty and inequality impacts of even the most targeted social assistance programmes. We also find considerable variation among social assistance programmes, with many food based programmes and scholarships being regressive.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUNU-WIDER Helsinkien_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesResearch paper / UNU-WIDER 2009.02en_US
dc.subject.jelD31en_US
dc.subject.jelH55en_US
dc.subject.jelI31en_US
dc.subject.jelI38en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial protectionen_US
dc.subject.keywordinsuranceen_US
dc.subject.keywordredistributionen_US
dc.subject.keywordtargetingen_US
dc.subject.keywordpovertyen_US
dc.subject.keywordinequalityen_US
dc.subject.keywordwelfareen_US
dc.subject.stwSozialtransferen_US
dc.subject.stwEinkommensumverteilungen_US
dc.subject.stwArmuten_US
dc.subject.stwLateinamerikaen_US
dc.subject.stwKaribische Staatenen_US
dc.titleGlobalization and the role of public transfers in redistributing income in Latin America and the Caribbeanen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn589773860en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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