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Education and Social Protection 

To Alleviate Poverty

Does education provide the means to social mobili­ty?

Does it just perpetuate existing inequa­lities?

How effective are existing policies?

How do they affect education and learning of poor people?

Social policies can help to combat poverty in an efficient and sustained way. Nopoor focuses on the role of education for social mobility by examining the role of social background and the determinants of education quality.

Policies in Support of Social Mobility

The Project looks at the context in which social policies are implemented. Nopoor pays as much attention to studying the effects of these policies as to the institutional and social settings in which they are embedded.

The specific objective of this research is to :

  1. Identify obstacles to social mobility.
  2. Identify social policy implementation conditions and context.
  3. Evaluate the interplay of education, research and other public policies, including the IPR regime, market and network mechanisms, and cultural constraints on the spread of knowledge.

This specific research of NOPOOR focuses on domestic policies as a complement Impact of International Aid and Impact of Globalization. Education and social protection research’s conclusions form also the basis for a large part of Policy recommendations.

What is our work for this specific research?

  • To what extent do education and social mobility break people out of poverty?
  • Economic & social policies: do social and cash transfer programs alleviate poverty efficiently?
  • Comparing social policies: factors of success and failure

Research examples

  • India: To what extent do education and social mobility break people out of poverty?

India has a programme of affirmative action in institutions of higher education for a group of Scheduled Castes and Tribes, which have traditionally faced social and economic discriminatory barriers to acquiring education. Thus, a fixed proportion of seats are reserved for individuals from these groups.

  • Cross-Country Analysis: Comparing institutions, policies and outcomes

Is there a relationship between regime type and policies adopted, and poverty and inequality? 

  • Chile, other Latin American countries: Security and shocks

A study on the feasibility of policies that protect the poor in unforeseen circumstances through structural rather than fiscal mechanisms, thus also protecting them to the greatest extent possible from the fluctuations of fiscal budgets that are equally subject to economic shocks.