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Toward a system of basic cash transfers for children and older persons: An estimation of efforts, impacts and possibilities in Latin America

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Corporate author:
  • NU. CEPAL. División de Desarrollo Social
  • Noruega. Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
UN symbol.: LC/L.3934 103 p. Editorial: ECLAC March 2015


This paper seeks to estimate the costs and impacts of expanding the coverage and improving the quality of cash transfers to older people and to families with younge children in the countries of Latin America.

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Introduction .-- I. Background .-- II. Efforts to expand coverage: the new frontiers of universality, contributory systems and targeting .-- III. An initial estimation: cash transfers for older persons and families with children .-- IV. The social impact of the measures considered .-- V. Fiscal realities and possibilities in the region .-- VI. By way of conclusion.