Employment and Income in Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru : Analysis of the Links between Labour Demand and Supply

Like many countries in Latin America, Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru undertook structural reforms during the 1980s and 1990s with a view to achieving macroeconomic stability and economic growth. Growth was expected to generate more and better jobs for their combined population of 40 million. Although economic growth resumed after the reforms - especially since 2004 - none of the countries experienced significant improvement in their employment outcomes. All three have persistent levels of poverty and higher-than-average income disparity, even by Latin American standards. Any substantive reduction in poverty will depend on increasing the demand for labour, rather than economic growth alone.

This project will investigate how small productive units - the largest source of employment in all three countries - have managed to create and sustain employment since the reforms. The research anticipates that a package of policies in support of good labour market outcomes will likely involve policy recommendations that go beyond the labour sector.

Project ID

104446

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

End Date

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Duration

22 months

IDRC Officer

Robino, Carolina

Total funding

CA$ 367,114

Countries

Bolivia, South America, Peru, Paraguay, North and Central America

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Fernando Masi

Institution

Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguaya

Institution Country

Paraguay

Institution Website

http://www.cadep.org.py

Project Leader

José Rodríguez

Institution

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.pucp.edu.pe

Project Leader

Beatriz Muriel Hernandez

Institution

Universidad Católica Boliviana

Institution Country

Bolivia

Institution Website

http://www.ucb.edu.bo