The welfare regime in Latin America and distributional effects

Date: 6 November 2015

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, de Meerminne, aula M.107 - St-Jacobsstraat 2 - 2000 Antwerp

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: Faculty of Social Sciences - CSB, the Institute of Development Policy and Management

Short description: Lunch semniar by Prof Armando Barrientos (University of Manchester, UK)

About the lecture
Research applying the welfare regime approach to Latin America has highlighted two key anomalies.

First, welfare regimes in Latin America remain segmented along the formal/informal divide. Workers in formal employment have access to social insurance institutions from which workers in informal employment are excluded.

Second, path dependence in welfare institutions is weak, as demonstrated by far-reaching waves of reform. Structural pension reform in the 1990s undermined the then dominant Bismarckian model of social insurance. And large-scale social assistance transfer programmes introduced in the 2000s, now reaching one third of the population in the region, have established parallel welfare institutions and have contributed to a sharp reduction in poverty and inequality.

A future integration of segmented welfare institutions, social insurance and social assistance, might remove these anomalies. Alternatively, the welfare regime approach might need deeper adaptation to middle-income country conditions.   

About the speaker
Armando Barrientos [BA PhD, Kent] is Professor and Research Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI). He is also co-Director of the International Research Initiative on Brazil and Africa. Before joining BWPI in 2007, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and Senior Lecturer in Public Economics and Development at the Institute of Development Policy and Management at Manchester.

His work has been published widely, including articles in World Development, Applied Economics, The Manchester School and Journal of Development Studies. His most recent books are ‘Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest’ (2008, edited with D. Hulme, Palgrave); ‘Just Give Money to the Poor’ (2010, with J. Hanlon and D. Hulme, Kumarian Press); ‘Demographics, Employment and Old Age Security: Emerging Trends and Challenges in South Asia’ (2010, edited with Moneer Alam, MacMillan), and ‘Social Assistance in Developing Countries’ (2013, Cambridge University Press).

He has acted as an adviser to the ILO, the World Bank, DFID, UNRISD, IADB, WIEGO, UN-DESA, UNICEF, and the Caribbean Development Bank.

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