ECON 532 Spring 2015 Inclusive Growth: The Role of Social Safety Nets

Designing and implementing effective national strategies to promote inclusive economic growth can require difficult policy reforms, sometimes with adverse short-term impacts for vulnerable groups within society. Social safety nets provide a pro-poor policy instrument that can balance trade and labor market reform, fiscal adjustments (such as reduced general subsidies) and other economic policies aimed at enabling better market performance. In addition, social safety nets help the poor to cope with shocks to their livelihoods, promoting resilience, human capital development and sometimes high-return risk-taking. This tutorial will offer students the opportunity to explore the role of social safety nets in promoting inclusive economic growth, drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The first part of the tutorial will define social safety nets within the broader context of social protection, examining the diversity of instruments and their linkages to economic growth. The second part will delve more deeply into the design and implementation of effective interventions, assessing program choice, affordability, targeting, incentives and other issues. The third part will analyze the role of social safety nets in supporting economic growth strategies, drawing on international lessons of experience.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: students will write five papers during the term, and will prepare and deliver formal comments on five papers written by other students
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3515
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ECON 532 - T1 (S) TUT Inclusive Grwth:Soc Sfty Nets Division 2: Social Studies Michael Samson
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