Journal Special Issue
Welfare and distributive effects of social assistance in the Global South

This special issue presents an analysis of the recent evolution of social assistance in the developing world, looking at its complex typological configuration. It partly reflects the complex demographic and epidemiological transitions and rapid urbanization and economic convergence many developing countries have exhibited over recent decades.

The research underscores the principles of the poverty focus of social assistance, presenting an overview of existence evidence of first- and second-order effects of social assistance, particularly in the domains of poverty, education, health and labour markets.

Furthermore, the research highlights knowledge gaps of the gender-specific and longer-term welfare effects of social assistance and the redistributive effects, and the incentives and distortion mechanisms that transfer programmes can generate in the labour and insurance markets.

Table of contents
  1. Welfare and Redistributive Effects of Social Assistance in the Global South
    Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
    More Working Paper | Welfare and redistributive effects of social assistance in the Global South
  2. Basic Old‐Age Protection in Latin America: Noncontributory Pensions, Coverage Expansion Strategies, and Aging Patterns across Countries
    Camila Arza
    More Working Paper | The expansion of economic protection for older adults in Latin America
  3. The Intergenerational Impact of China's New Rural Pension Scheme
    Jing You, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
    More Working Paper | Smoothing or strengthening the ‘Great Gatsby curve’?
  4. The National Care System in Uruguay: Who Benefits and Who Pays?
    Verónica Amarante, Maire Colacce, Victoria Tenenbaum
    More Working Paper | National Care System in Uruguay
  5. Educational Assistance and Education Quality in Indonesia: The Role of Decentralization
    Virgi Sari
    More Working Paper | Educational assistance and education quality in Indonesia
  6. Schooling and Labor Market Impacts of Bolivia's Bono Juancito Pinto Program
    Carla Canelas, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
    More Working Paper | Schooling and labour market impacts of Bolivia’s Bono Juancito Pinto
  7. Cash Transfers and Gender Differentials in Child Schooling and Labor: Evidence from the Lesotho Child Grants Programme
    Ashwini Sebastian, Ana Paula de la O Campos, Silvio Daidone, Noemi Pace, Benjamin Davis, Ousmane Niang, Luca Pellerano
    More Working Paper | Gender differences in child investment behaviour among agricultural households
  8. The Long(er)‐Term Impacts of Chile Solidario on Human Capital and Labor Income
    Guido Neidhöfer, Miguel Niño-Zarazúa
    More Working Paper | The long(er)-term impacts of Chile Solidario on human capital and labour income
  9. Institutionalizing Segregation: Women, Conditional Cash Transfers, and Paid Employment in Southern Ecuador
    María Gabriela Palacio Ludeña
    More Working Paper | Institutionalizing segregation
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