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Come Mek Wi Hol' Yuh Han': The Components of an Effective Social Safety Net for Jamaica (Revised)

Date Published: 
March, 2021
Lead Researcher(s): 
Monique Graham
Thematic Area: 

Inequitable growth, with high income inequality and low social mobility, forestalls countries’ ability to capitalize on their most prized asset – its people. Inclusive growth, on the other hand,maintains the economic foundations of a country. People living in poverty cannot afford crucial investments in the bases of human development, such as education or health. Consequently, productivity levels are sub-optimal, as is economic output. Furthermore, unaddressed poverty exacts a greater burden on public resources.