Semi‐Conditional Cash Transfers in the Form of Family Allowances for Children and Adolescents in the Informal Economy in Argentina

20 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2012

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Fabio Bertranou

International Labour Organization

Roxana Maurizio

Republic of Argentina - Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)

Date Written: January‐March 2012

Abstract

In 2009, Argentina introduced a new transfer programme for children and adolescents younger than age 18 (Universal Child Allowance) that extended coverage under the contributory programme for family allowances to include families in the informal economy and families of unemployed persons. This article describes this innovative programme, compares it with similar programmes in Latin America and analyses its impact on coverage and its possible effects on the welfare of the population. The results indicate that the extension of access to this type of benefit has reduced considerably the coverage gap for the poor and indigent and supports efforts to consolidate the operations of different and poorly coordinated transfer programmes.

Keywords: family benefit, social security scheme, gaps in coverage, informal economy, poverty, Argentina

Suggested Citation

Bertranou, Fabio and Maurizio, Roxana, Semi‐Conditional Cash Transfers in the Form of Family Allowances for Children and Adolescents in the Informal Economy in Argentina (January‐March 2012). International Social Security Review, Vol. 65, Issue 1, pp. 53-72, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1979275 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-246X.2011.01419.x

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Roxana Maurizio

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Buenos Aires, Federal Capital C1033AAJ
Argentina

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