Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 25 - November 2013
 
 

Issue 25 - November 2013

 

 
   
 
 

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the Twenty-fifth Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning. The November 2013 issue presents a series of new publications in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Bolsa Família, Brazil's conditional cash transfer programme.

Publications

10 Years of Bolsa Família - Results

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"From Bolsa Família to Brasil Sem Miséria: a Summary of Brazil's Recent Journey towards Overcoming Extreme Poverty", by Luis Henrique Paiva, Tiago Falcão and Letícia Bartholo (Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, Brazil), summarizes the outcomes of the Bolsa Família Programme. This One Pager also takes a look at how social protection programmes are implemented whilst promoting new policy interventions to target the most vulnerable segments of the population. The One Pager, "Programa Bolsa Família and the Recent Decline in Regional Income Inequality in Brazil" by Raul da Mota Silveira Neto (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) and Carlos Roberto Azzoni (Universidade de São Paulo) draws attention to the spatial dimension of the positive impact this programme has had on Brazil. The authors also emphasize the importance of access to the labour market and income as central contributors to the fall in regional income inequality. "The Impact of the Programa Bolsa Família on Grade Repetition: Results from the Single Registry, Attendance Project and School Census", a Working Paper also available in the One Pager format, by Luis Felipe Batista de Oliveira and Sergei S. D. Soares (Institute for Applied Economic Research Ipea), highlights the effects of BF on beneficiaries' repetition rates , 11 per cent lower than among non-beneficiaries. The authors also show that beneficiary students who comply with conditionalities have a lower probability of repetition.

One Pager #228From Bolsa Família to Brasil Sem Miséria: a Summary of Brazil's Recent Journey towards Overcoming Extreme Poverty.

One Pager #229  – Programa Bolsa Família and the Recent Decline in Regional Income Inequality in Brazil

Working Paper #119 The Impact of the Programa Bolsa Família on Grade Repetition: Results from the Single Registry, Attendance Project and School Census

One Pager #233The Impact of the Programa Bolsa Família on Grade Repetition: Results from the Single Registry, Attendance Project and School Census

10 Years of Bolsa Família – possible unintended impacts

 
   

Ana Luiza Neves de Holanda Barbosa and Carlos Henrique L. Corseuil (Ipea) present "Bolsa Família, Occupational Choice and Informality in Brazil", in both Working Paper and One Pager formats. The study evaluates whether this conditional cash transfer programme leads members of beneficiary households to prefer informal sector occupations whose earnings are more difficult to monitor. Their findings suggest that Bolsa Família has no impact on occupational choice.

The One Pager "Bolsa Família and Fertility Transition in Brazil", by José Eustáquio Diniz Alves and Suzana  Cavenaghi, (National School of Statistical Sciences - ENCE of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics  - IBGE), analyses how the Bolsa Família, which takes into consideration the number of children in  beneficiary families in determining the amount transferred, did not provide incentives to increase their number of children.

Working Paper # 118Bolsa Família, Occupational Choice And Informality In Brazil

One Pager #226Bolsa Família, Occupational Choice And Informality In Brazil

One Pager #227Bolsa Família and Fertility Transition in Brazil

10 Years of Bolsa Família –what to expect in the future?

 
   

The One Pager "The Programa Bolsa Família and its Relevance for the ILO's Concept of the Social Protection Floor", by Helmut Schwazer (International Labour Organization - ILO), presents the "social protection floor" (SPF), a concept inspired by different international experiences such as that of Bolsa Familia, displaying the feasibility of large-scale programmes that impact on poverty and inequality. The author also discusses the long term role of the programme within the Brazilian Social Security System. The One Pager "What is the future of the Bolsa Família?", by Celia Lessa Kerstenetzky (Centre for the Study of Inequality and Development CEDE, Fluminense Federal University) , advocates that the programme has been assuming more clearly its universalistic orientation, but there is still unfinished work to guarantee that all those who need the benefit received it. The author also draws attention to the potential negative effect that conditionalities and targeted service provision may have on the universalistic approach.  Finally, the Working Paper "Human Development Income Transfers in the Longer Term", also published in One Pager format, by Armando Barrientos (Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester), evaluates Bolsa Familia's experience in Brazil to inform the conditions necessary to eradicate poverty on a Global scale having as a background the current debate on the post-2015 international development agenda.

One Pager #230What is the future of the Bolsa Família?

One Pager #231The Programa Bolsa Família and its Relevance for the ILO's Concept of the Social Protection Floor

Working Paper #116 Human Development Income Transfers in the Longer Term

One Pager #224Human Development Income Transfers in the Longer Term

Additionally, the IPC-IG is launching the Working Paper "A Re-Examination Of The Expected Years Of Schooling: What Can It Tell Us?", also available in the One Pager format, by Irineu Rigotti et al (IPC-IG). The study proposes an adjustment to the expected years of schooling indicator defined by UNESCO, in order to make it more suitable for localities with irregular school flow. Using Brazilian states as a case study, it demonstrates that the adjusted indicator can bring greater robustness to the original measure, ensuring a fairer comparison among countries or regions. The publication " The Risks of Integration: the Rise and Recent Fall of Emerging Markets", by Raquel Ameida (Centre d'Economie de l'université Paris Nord, Sorbonne Paris Cité ) and Bruno Bonnizi, (Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London), analyses the risk  lack of liquidity can pose to emerging economies , as it affects exchange rates and may lead to outflows as investors try to avoid losses.

One Pager #225A Re-Examination Of The Expected Years Of Schooling: What Can It Tell Us?

Working Paper #117   – A Re-Examination Of The Expected Years Of Schooling: What Can It Tell Us?

One pager #232The Risks of Integration: the Rise and Recent Fall of Emerging Markets

See the full list of new publications here.

 

News

 
   

The IPC-IG launches the second Infographic of the Series "Poverty and Inequality in Brazi", bringing the main findings on the impacts of the Bolsa Família Programme and the Brazil Without Extreme Poverty Plan.

 
 
   

Brazil and Cape Verde Cooperate for Poverty Reduction

The IPC-IG, in collaboration with the Institute of Applied Economics (Ipea), sent a team to Cape Verde on the 24th of October to conduct research for the design and implementation of a Cash Transfer Programme. The focus of the mission was founded on three main axis of the project. First, the conduction of a vulnerability study, second, an analysis of the institutional capacity of Cape Verde and finally an investigation of the state's fiscal capacity. The Programme is intended to complement already existing programmes.

 
   

Check out our new brochure. It features IPC-IG's main activities and the current research areas covering social protection programmes, population and social policies, knowledge sharing and south-south learning.

Multimedia

 
   

The 'Coffee Break with the IPC-IG' video series presents a new interview with Fabio Veras, IPC-IG's Research Coordinator. He presents an overview of the debate around social protection programmes as a long term and sustainable approach to poverty reduction.