Economic Policies for Latin America's Poor and Middle-Income Majority
AUTHOR: Birdsall, Nancy and Menezes, Rachel
PUBLISHER: Center for Global Development
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Until recently, students of developmenthave put much more energy into understanding the causes and consequences of absolute povertythan of inequality. But globalization -with its new opportunities for winners and losers,and its new insecurities and competitive pressures -is changing that. Nowhere is the issueof inequality more worrying than in Latin America, the setting for many of the world's mostunequal societies. This book presents a dozen ideas or "tools" meant to make life in LatinAmerica more equitable and fair for the great majority of its people. It suggests policiesand programs for making tax structures more progressive; giving small businesses a chance;protecting labor mobility and workers' rights; tackling corruption head on; and raising thelevels of quality, efficiency, and equity of the education systems. Change and reform in thedirection of greater fairness will require not only political leadership and technicalknow-how on the part of government officials and legislators, but support and input from theprogressive business community, the increasingly effective and vocal civil society, andstudents and intellectuals.
PUBLICATION DATE: 1/7/2008
CATEGORY: Political Science, Social Science