This publication (Only available in Spanish) centers around the concern that there is still no consensus on what the main barriers to social mobility are. In collaboration with four stellar think tanks in Latin America: Libertad y Progreso from Argentina, Libertad y Desarrollo from Chile, Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo from Uruguay, and Cedice Libertad from Venezuela this book provides an overview of a broad array of socio-economic issues affecting social mobility and discuss the policy environment and challenges faced in each of these countries.
When people perceive too many barriers in their way and realize that there are not enough opportunities or a level playing field in which to compete, they decide to immigrate elsewhere.
That has been the case for Latin America in the last few decades. Which is why the lack of social mobility has dominated public policy discussions in the region. However, there have been two misleading narratives that have taken hold in the region: the first, that in order to increase social mobility we need to reduce inequality and the second that social or welfare plans are the most important tools of public policy to increase social mobility.
This publication seeks to broaden the conversation on social mobility and poverty in the region. With essays from four stellar think tanks in Latin America: Libertad y Progreso from Argentina, Libertad y Desarrollo from Chile, Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo from Uruguay, and Cedice Libertad from Venezuela, this book offers novel perspectives on social mobility in Latin America focused on the local contexts of each country.