Social Panorama of Latin America 1998

The Social Panorama examines the different dynamics of economic growth and their impact on employment and income. It also analyzes the role of transfers, variations in the cost of the basket of staple foods used by the poor and the household employment ration. In addition, it reviews the determinants of increases in social spending and of sectoral trends and undertakes an in-depth analysis of expenditure on education and of how it is linked to teachers' pay levels and their socio-economic position. The Social Panorama also discusses the various aspects of the restructuring process in the labour market and its effects on employment levels among women and young people and on the quality of the jobs created. A special focus on child welfare discusses the progress made in meeting the year 2000 goals for children and examines such situations as: child labour and motherhood during adolescence, which tend to limit the opportunities of children and adolescents.

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