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Can social policies be an effective means of reducing inequalities?

Prasetyono, Pipin (2017): Can social policies be an effective means of reducing inequalities?

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Abstract

Income inequality has long been regarded as an unintended effect of development. On the other hand, social policy and its characters of redistribution, regulatory and rights could be one of policy options for income redistribution purposes. This paper aims to examine the opportunity of social policies to become effective means of reducing inequalities. By analyzing different targeted cash transfer programs implemented by Brazil and Malawi based on relevant literature, this paper argues that social policies are an effective means to reduce inequality.

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