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Social Panorama of Latin America 2006

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In the last four years, Latin America has turned in its best performance in twenty-five years in economic and social terms. Progress with poverty reduction, falling unemployment, improving income distribution in several countries and a strong upswing in numbers of jobs are the main factors underlying the positive trend in a number of the region's countries. The first two chapters of in this report look at the way the main social indicators have behaved in the last few years. The following two chapters address matters that, for different reasons, have come to figure prominently on government agendas.

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Diverse demographic profiles: A fresh reading of the differences

In various studies, ECLAC has pointed to the sharp inequalities persisting in Latin America in terms of income distribution and access to productive resources, goods and services of the State, markets and information. These structural factors and the way they interrelate in specific national and territorial contexts are related to major differences in demographic behaviour, especially reproductive patterns and early mortality.

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