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Social Panorama of Latin America 2011

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In 2010 the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) proposed a comprehensive development strategy entitled Time for equality: closing gaps, opening trails. This edition of Social Panorama takes a more in-depth look at the chain that produces and reproduces social gaps; it addresses other spheres as well. It focuses on how structural heterogeneity (productivity gaps in the national economies), labour segmentation and gaps in social protection are linked along the chain. Demographic factors such as fertility differentiated by education and income level are discussed, as are more specific patterns of risk and exclusion like those impacting young people in the Caribbean.

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Summary

In 2010 the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) set out the essence of its proposed development agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean in Time for equality: closing gaps, opening trails, the position document submitted to the Commission’s thirty-third session. That document served as a basis for proposing an integrated vision of development in keeping with the times, drawing on historical lessons learned and entailing far-reaching changes. This vision is taking root in the region, and it has laid the groundwork for further discussion of policy content and proposals within ECLAC itself. For Social Panorama of Latin America, the main challenge is to foster a more in-depth examination of social gaps and the mechanisms that reproduce or decrease them.

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