Social Pulse in Latin America and the Caribbean 2016: Realities & Perspectives
Duryea, Suzanne; Robles, Marcos
Social Pulse describes the trends in a comprehensive set of key social indicators and highlight findings that warrant attention by policymakers. The report includes information from 22 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. In the first section of the document, "Reality and perspective of social conditions", the analysis of social indicators follows a life cycle framework. This section highlights that since before the global financial crisis erupted in 2008 the region ceased to be predominantly poor while the number of middle class people almost doubled in the last decade. The growth in women's contributions to total household labor earnings is also documented. The publication highlights specific indicators where progress has been made in closing differences in outcomes across race and ethnicity, and areas where large gaps still remain. The second section of Social Pulse, "The new dynamic between generations: poverty and family structure", examines demographic shifts in the region, including the evolution of family living arrangements and trends in the age profile of poverty.