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Public Job-Creation Programs: The Economic Benefits of Investing in Social Care? Case Studies in South Africa and the United States


Rania Antonopoulos


Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Kijong Kim


Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

May 19, 2011

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 671

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This paper demonstrates the strong impacts that public job creation in social care provisioning has on employment creation. Furthermore, it shows that mobilizing underutilized domestic labor resources and targeting them to bridge gaps in community-based services yield strong pro-poor income growth patterns that extend throughout the economy. Social care provision also contributes to promoting gender equality, as women - especially from low-income households constitute a major workforce in the care sector. We present the ex-ante policy simulation results from two country case studies: South Africa and the United States. Both social accounting matrix–based multiplier analysis and propensity ranking–based microsimulation provide evidence of the pro-poor impacts the social care expansion.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: Social Care, Job Creation, Gender Equality, Pro-Poor Growth

JEL Classification: C15, C67, D33, E24, J48

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Date posted: May 23, 2011 ; Last revised: May 10, 2012

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Antonopoulos, Rania and Kim, Kijong, Public Job-Creation Programs: The Economic Benefits of Investing in Social Care? Case Studies in South Africa and the United States (May 19, 2011). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 671. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1846741 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1846741

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Rania Antonopoulos (Contact Author)
Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )
Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
United States
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Kijong Kim
Levy Economics Institute of Bard College ( email )
Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
United States
8457587738 (Phone)
8457581149 (Fax)
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