The Future of Social Policy in Latin America


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In an environment of slower growth and reduced fiscal space, implementing effective social policies will be a major challenge for countries in Latin America. The region’s high levels of labor market informality, persistent income inequality, and slow rates of productivity growth create strong pressures on governments to redesign existing social protection systems. The political implications of the new environment and the efforts to adapt social policies can be profound.

The Dialogue is pleased to host this panel discussion on the prospects for policy reforms to enable sustainable improvements in social equity.

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Matthew Carnes, S.J.

Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Georgetown University (@MCarnesSJ)

Nora Lustig

Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQ), Tulane University (@noralustig)

Rodrigo Zarazaga S.J.

Director and Principal Researcher at the Center for Research and Social Action (CIAS) in Argentina (@JesuitaZ)


Ariel Fiszbein

Education Program Director, Inter-American Dialogue (@arielfiszbein)