High wage inequality continues to be a major policy concern in Brazil, India, China, and South Africa, despite impressive growth in their economies. Such inequalities undermine efforts to reduce poverty and underscore the policy urgency to promote more inclusive growth.
The impact of the 2008 economic crisis on labour markets and the role of social protection in these four emerging economies are among the subjects tackled in The "Dynamic South," Economic Development and Inclusive Growth: The Challenges Ahead. Edited by Alexandre de Freitas Barbosa and Maria Cristina Cacciamali, the book includes research supported by IDRC's Supporting Inclusive Growth program.
Published by CEBRAP (the Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento), the book's authors focus on the quality of jobs created and the participation of different segments of workers, highlighting specific forms of exclusion.
The book is an important contribution to the debates on the role of social protection for vulnerable workers and proposes a research agenda for collaboration among researchers in these emerging societies.
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Learn more about the research IDRC supported: Labour Market Inequality in Brazil and India: A Comparative BRIC Study