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The Labour Market Effects of Social Protection Systems in Emerging Economies

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This chapter looks at the labour market effects of three major components of social protection systems in key emerging economies. Country studies are used to examine the case of unemployment compensation in Brazil, cash transfers in South Africa and health protection in Mexico. The findings suggest that extending social protection coverage can, if well‐designed, contribute to improved labour market outcomes. Poorly designed systems can weaken the incentives to work and impede the development of formal employment. To ensure positive outcomes, countries should consider: targeting income support policies to those who need it most; better integrating programmes and policies; and promoting self‐insurance among those who can afford it.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: September 1, 2011


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