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Social Gains in the Balance: A Challenge for Fiscal Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean

February 25, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
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Significant gains in reducing poverty and increasing the size of the middle class in Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk of losing momentum. Over the last two years, economic growth has slowed and reductions in inequality have stagnated. A new World Bank report, Social Gains in the Balance: A Challenge for Fiscal Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, argues that governments must not only adopt policies to restore growth and preserve macroeconomic stability; they must also strive to improve opportunities for less advantaged groups to participate in the economy and contribute to growth. The report also explores progress in two policy areas relevant for accelerating poverty reduction: fiscal policy and its ability to redistribute the gains from growth, and creating equal access to basic goods and services for all children in Latin America and the Caribbean, thus improving their chances to become more productive adults.

Welcome: Cynthia J. Arnson
  Director, Latin American Program
   
Speakers: Louise J. Cord
  Sector Manager, Poverty, Gender and Equity
  Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
   
  George Gray Molina
  Senior Economist for Latin America
  United Nations Development Program
   
Moderator: Michael Shifter
  President, Inter-American Dialogue

 

Location: 
6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Senior Economist for Latin America, United Nations Development Program
  • Sector Manager, Poverty, Gender and Equity Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank
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