Social Protection in a Crisis - Argentina's Plan Jefes Y Jefas

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Emanuela Galasso

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

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Date Written: November 30, 2003


The authors assess the impact of Argentina's main social policy response to the severe economic crisis of 2002. The program aimed to provide direct income support for families with dependents, for whom the head had become unemployed due to the crisis. Counterfactual comparisons are based on a matched subset of applicants not yet receiving the program. Panel data spanning the crisis are also used. The authors find that the program reduced aggregate unemployment, though it attracted as many people into the workforce from inactivity, as it did people who would have been otherwise unemployed. While there was substantial leakage to formally ineligible families, and incomplete coverage of those eligible, the program did partially compensate many losers from the crisis, and reduced extreme poverty.

Keywords: Environmental Economics & Policies, Payment Systems & Infrastructure, Health Economics & Finance, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Services & Transfers to Poor, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Environmental Economics & Policies, Health Economics & Finance, Services & Transfers to Poor, Rural Poverty Reduction

Suggested Citation

Galasso, Emanuela and Ravallion, Martin, Social Protection in a Crisis - Argentina's Plan Jefes Y Jefas (November 30, 2003). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3165, Available at SSRN:

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