Chapter 6: Social protection goals and impact
Chapter 6 discusses the goals of social protection and draws extensively on empirical research to determine the extent to which these goals have been met. Social protection’s impact on incomes and living standards is examined and numerous studies are cited to show that it has been successful in meeting income needs and raising living standards. Social protection’s economic impact is considered and contrary to the widely accepted claim that it harms economic growth, the chapter shows that it has contributed positively to development. Next, the chapter examines social protection’s political impact and, finally, attention is paid to its wider social effects. Although a good deal of evidence is produced to show that social protection overall impact has been positive, claims about its limitations are also discussed.
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