Social Protection and the Labour Market in Latin America: What Can Be Learned from Household Surveys?

28 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2005

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Leonardo Gasparini

Universidad Nacional de La Plata - Faculty of Economics

Fabio Bertranou

International Labour Organization

Abstract

Most social protection is provided through contribution-based programmes, which means that protection is usually linked to employment conditions in the formal economy. This article describes the levels, trends and structure of social protection for workers in Latin America, highlighting the relationship between protection and employment conditions. The study is based on a selection of household surveys carried out in various countries in the region: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. It emphasizes the usefulness of household surveys as sources of information for representative studies on social protection and employment, in spite of the problems of coverage and comparability that they raise.

Suggested Citation

Gasparini, Leonardo and Bertranou, Fabio, Social Protection and the Labour Market in Latin America: What Can Be Learned from Household Surveys?. International Social Security Review, Vol. 58, No. 2-3, pp. 15-42, July 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=733705

Leonardo Gasparini (Contact Author)

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