Social Panorama of Latin America 1995

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The year's edition discusses the impact of recent economic trends on poverty, employment and income distribution; presents quantitative evidence on the high returns brought by investment in more and better education, not only for children, but their households. It also examines women's important contribution to the family income as a result of their growing participation in economic activities and discusses the emergence of new social policy proposals, analyzing the main reforms being implemented in the health, education and social security sectors.



Female-Headed households and poverty

The number of households headed by women continues to grow, a phenomenon that is occurring in a context of other significant demographic changes, including a decline in fertility rates and a reduction in average household size. Female-headed households are particularly common among the poorer economic strata, and this situation places multiple responsibilities and pressures upon women heads of household to the detriment of the members of the household.


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