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Social Spending and Income Redistribution in Argentina During the 2000s: the Rising Role of Noncontributory Pensions
Working Document: Social Spending and Income Redistribution in Argentina During the 2000s: the Rising Role of Noncontributory Pensions
by Lustig, Nora and Carola Pessino
Between 2003 and 2009, Argentina’s social spending as a share of GDP increased by 7.6 percentage points. Marginal benefit incidence analysis for 2003, 2006, and 2009 suggests that the contribution of cash transfers to the reduction of disposable income inequality and poverty rose markedly between 2006 and 2009 primarily due to the launching of a noncontributory pension program- the pension moratorium- in 2004. Noncontributory pensions as a share of GDP rose by 2.2 percentage points between 2003 and 2009 and entailed a redistribution of income to the poor, and from the formal sector pensioners with above minimum pensions to the beneficiaries of the pension moratorium. The redistributive impact of the expansion of public spending on education and health was also sizeable and equalizing, but to a lesser degree. An assessment of fiscal funding sources puts the sustainability of the redistributive policies into question, unless nonsocial spending is significantly cut.
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Finding Diverse Voices through the Américas Award
This K-12 educator workshop will focus on the diversity of literature recognized as part of the Américas Book Award. The workshop will feature the work of Alma Flor Ada who will discuss the use of her books for teaching about Cuba, as well as presentations by the 2016 Américas Award winners.
A $25 registration fee includes dinner and a book.
Schedule Coming Soon!
The workshop is sponsored by the Consortium for Latin American Studies Programs and Teaching for Change. The award is coordinated by Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Generous support is also provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Utah.
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Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
In collaboration with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Stone Center presents the annual K-12 teacher workshop exploring the cultural and artistic elements of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. All participants will receive light refreshments, 2 free tickets to Ogden After Hours, teaching materials and CEUs. The workshop will focus on the Ogden Museum’s altar exhibition, celebrating the life of a New Orleans artist on view from Oct. 4 – Nov. 8.
Check out the event website for resources and other information about teaching Day of the Dead.
Celebración Latina 2016
Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 12 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.
Check out these pictures of past celebrations!
Celebración Latina is presented by the Audubon Zoo and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Marathon Petroleum Co., and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.
Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!
For more information please visit the Audubon website.
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Exploring the 2016 US Elections
The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.
Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:
- An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
- The role of political parties (polarization).
- The influence of changing demographics.
- The geographic expression of social change.
- The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.
The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.
The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.
Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.
Schedule of Activities
- Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.
- Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
- Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.
- Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
- Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.
- Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.