Who's In and Who's Out. Social Exclusion in Latin America

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CODE: B-131
EDITOR(s): Behrman, Jere R. , Gaviria, Alejandro , Székely, Miguel
PUBLISHED: January 2003
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor



Social exclusion is closely linked with many economic problems in Latin America, yet seldom does it take the form of a "keep out" sign. More commonly, groups are excluded because they lack access to opportunities enjoyed by others in health care, education, housing and employment. These barriers prevent people from reaching their full productive potential -in turn constraining growth and revenues- and make them more likely to incur public health and social service costs. Who's In and Who's Out explores various forms of social exclusion, including residential segregation in Bolivian cities, exclusion from health care in Brazil, barriers to legal status of Nicaraguan immigrants in Costa Rica, geographic isolation in El Salvador, and educational inequality among the indigenous in Mexico.

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