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Social Panorama of Latin America 2004

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The 2004 edition of the Social Panorama of Latin America analyses the major demographic changes that have occurred in the region over the past few decades, examines the socioeconomic status of Latin American youth, looks at institutional and programmatic guidelines for youth policies and describes how household structures and family roles have changed. As in past years, recent trends in poverty and income distribution in the Latin American countries are also reviewed.

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Poverty trends

Forecasts of per capita GDP growth indicate that approximately 4 million Latin Americans have been lifted out of poverty in 2004. This improvement is not large enough to offset the deterioration recorded between 2001 and 2003, however, and the projected poverty and indigence rates for 2004 (almost 42.9% and 18.6%, respectively) are therefore higher than the figures recorded in 2000. What is more, trends in the countries’ poverty indices have been quite uneven, with most countries registering higher or constant rates in 2001–2003.

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