CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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The complexity of evaluating social development

The decade of the 1980s has been called the “lost decade”, mainly in terms of the economic growth, investment and output of the countries of the region. However, the fragmentary evidence available makes such a summary description seem inappropriate for what happened in the social area. In view of the institutional inertia, the delayed effects of policies conceived and implemented under more favourable economic conditions than those of the 1980s, and particularly the will of governments to render some areas of welfare independent of economic fluctuations, a subtler evaluation of social development during the decade is called for.

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