The authors are grateful to three anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions.
Semi-conditional cash transfers in the form of family allowances for children and adolescents in the informal economy in Argentina
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2012
© 2012 The author(s). International Social Security Review © 2012 International Social Security Association
International Social Security Review
Volume 65, Issue 1, pages 53–72, January-March 2012
How to Cite
Bertranou, F. and Maurizio, R. (2012), Semi-conditional cash transfers in the form of family allowances for children and adolescents in the informal economy in Argentina. International Social Security Review, 65: 53–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-246X.2011.01419.x
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2012
- family benefit;
- social security scheme;
- gaps in coverage;
- informal economy;
In 2009, Argentina introduced a new transfer programme for children and adolescents younger than age 18 (Universal Child Allowance) that extended coverage under the contributory programme for family allowances to include families in the informal economy and families of unemployed persons. This article describes this innovative programme, compares it with similar programmes in Latin America and analyses its impact on coverage and its possible effects on the welfare of the population. The results indicate that the extension of access to this type of benefit has reduced considerably the coverage gap for the poor and indigent and supports efforts to consolidate the operations of different and poorly coordinated transfer programmes.