This series aims to disseminate research in progress relevant to advancing our understanding of complex development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. It feeds on research produced within UNDP initiatives by scholars from the region or interested in the region. It showcases research meant for later publication in other outlets -journals or books- that, for the same reason, has been subject to a demanding peer-review process before appearing as part of the series.

Papers are published in the language in which they were produced.

We present it hoping that it will contribute to improving our knowledge about matters relevant to all in the path towards more equal, productive, sustainable and resilient societies.



Time for a New Course: An Essay on Social Protection and Growth in Latin America

Santiago Levy and Guillermo Cruces




El sistema de protección social y laboral en México: contribución paradójica a la lucha contra la desigualdad

Alejandra Correa, Maite García de Alba, Alejandra Martínez, Cynthia Martínez and Annabelle Sulmont



Políticas de protección social y laboral en Ecuador

Hugo Ñopo and Alejandra Peña


Políticas de protección social y laboral en la República Dominicana

Hugo Ñopo and Socrates Barinas


Protección social, formalidad y subsidios cruzados: evidencia para Argentina

María Laura Alzúa and Ana Pacheco


¿Cuán eficaz es la Protección Social en Chile?

Camila Olate and Matías Morales

¿Informalidad o exclusión? Mercados fragmentados bajo el Sistema de Protección Social colombiano

Marcela Meléndez, Francisco Alvarado and Marcela Pantoja


The Effects of Violence on Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Research Agenda

Ana Arjona


Market Concentration, Market Fragmentation, and Inequality in Latin America

Marcela Eslava, Marcela Meléndez and Nicolás Urdaneta


Labor-Market Concentration and Earnings: Evidence from Chile

Álvaro García Marín


The Political Economy of The Telecommunications Reform in Mexico

Alejandro Castañeda and Daniel Ruíz 


Lobbying for Inequality? How Different Business Elites Navigate the Policy-Making Process in Central America

Mónica Pachón and Javier Brolo


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