Why is Knowledge About Families Important to Policy Makers in Latin America?

IPEA Working Paper No. 699

22 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2000

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Marcelo Medeiros

IPEA - Institute for Applied Economic Research; UnB - University of Brasilia

Date Written: January 2000

Abstract

The article analyses the importance of the studies on family composition and organization to the social policymaking in Latin America. Different ways of assessing families in social programs are discussed leading to the conclusion, that knowledge about family patterns is important as the relations among family members may generate positive or negative externalities to the society, that family characteristics may be used to focus policies, that families may be used to design, execute and control public programs and that social policies may affect and be affected by different patterns of family organization.

Note: paper available in Spanish only

JEL Classification: J12, J69

Suggested Citation

Medeiros, Marcelo, Why is Knowledge About Families Important to Policy Makers in Latin America? (January 2000). IPEA Working Paper No. 699, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=208270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.208270

Marcelo Medeiros (Contact Author)

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