Income (In)Security in Argentina
Alberto C. Barbeito and Rubén M. Lo Vuolo, January 2003
In Argentina, during the 90's, the reduction of expenditure of social institutions that had, over the long years, pledged to maintain and contribute a certain level of socio-economic security through an extensive network of social security based on labour security was implemented. However, the results obtained by this process appear to call into question, the prevailing vision from "the supply side", which had inspired the current policies. This paper summarizes the impact of such policies on socio-economic security, revealed by the survey, which was carried out on behalf of the International Labour Office InFocus Programme on Socio-Economic Security (ILO- IFP/SES).
The survey showed a widespread deterioration in income levels of employees; high short-term wage variability; widespread dissatisfaction with labour income; an extremely high disposition to work longer in order to increase income; few expectations of improving family and personal income; low confidence regarding the possibility of obtaining an adequate income at the age of retirement; high criticism on equality of opportunities; strong demand for public policies aimed at promoting income redistribution and the wide acceptance of policies granting minimum allowances as a way of countering poverty.
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