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The Benefits and Costs of a U.S. Child Allowance United States

 NBER (March 2022) We conduct a benefit-cost analysis of a U.S. child allowance, based on a systematic literature review of the highest quality available causal evidence on the short- and long-term effects of cash and near-cash transfers. In contrast to the previous studies we synthesize, which…

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor https://www.nber.org/papers/w29854 pmassetti
Egypt launches financial, social protection measures to mitigate economic challenges egypt

Ahram Online (21.03.2022) Egypt’s Ministry of Finance approved on Monday a package of financial and social protection procedures, worth EGP 130 billion, to address the ongoing global economic challenges and their repercussions.

Published_SS_Monitor https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/463234.aspx pmassetti
Does workfare work? India's employment guarantee during COVID‐19 india

Journal of International Development (nov 2021) As many other countries, India leverages on a pre-existingworkfare programme as a COVID-19 response. We com-bine monthly administrative data with migration and pov-erty statistics and provide four insights on the recent expansion of the programme.…

Unemployment covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jid.3583 pmassetti
New European pensions saving regime takes effect this week Europe

- Independent.ie EU legislation which gives effect to a new European pensions savings regime is being introduced this week The Pan-European Personal Pension (PEPP) is a voluntary retirement savings option for EU citizens that complements existing pension schemes. It allows people to pay into the…

Pensions https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/pensions/new-european-pens… pmassetti
Pension dashboards are coming - action for occupational pension schemes to take now united kingdom

Lexology (17.03.2022) Establishing a system of “pension dashboards” to enable individuals who have yet to take retirement benefits to find clear, standardised information about all their pension arrangements (including rights to state pension) in one place is a key element of the government’s…

Pensions, Interoperability, E-services Published_SS_Monitor https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=2481e8d8-8bf8-4f84-a71a-9a83a913… pmassetti
EU steps up workers’ protection against carcinogenic substances european union

 EURACTIV.com (03.03.2022) the Council gave the final green light to an update on the EU rules on reducing workers’ exposure to carcinogens, mutagens, or reprotoxic substances, addressing the first cause of work-related deaths in Europe.

Prevention of occupational risks Published_SS_Monitor https://www.euractiv.com/section/diabetes-cancer-hepatitis/news/eu-steps-up-wor… pmassetti
Social Protection in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons from South Africa south africa

Center For Global Development (16.02.2022) South Africa responded to the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown using a combination of existing social protection programmes, unemployment insurance, and additional measures to support those most affected. This paper reviews policies and…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.cgdev.org/publication/social-protection-covid-19-pandemic-lessons-s… pmassetti
Digital Technologies for Government-Supported Health Insurance Systems in Asia and the Pacific Asia

Asian Development Bank (December 2021) Examples from low- and middle-income countries in the region and beyond are drawn to demonstrate how digital solutions have improved health insurance management and administration. To support decision-making on potential investments, the report identifies…

Information and communication technology Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.adb.org/publications/digital-technologies-government-supported-heal… pmassetti
China: New employer-paid childcare leave entitlements china

 WTW (28.02.2022) Provincial and municipal governments throughout China are extending parental and childcare leave to encourage more births.

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor https://www.wtwco.com/en-TH/Insights/2022/02/china-new-employer-paid-childcare-… pmassetti
AI for social protection: Mind the people

brookings.edu (23.02.2022) Interest in artificial intelligence (AI) as an instrument for improving efficiency in the public sector is at an all-time high. This interest is motivated by the ambition to develop neutral, scientific, and objective techniques of government decisionmaking (Harcourt…

Artificial intelligence Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2022/02/23/ai-for-social-prot… pmassetti
China releases 5-year plan for elderly care services china

Xinhua (21.02.2022) China's State Council has released a plan for the development of the country's elderly care services system during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), in its latest step to implement a national strategy to address population aging. The plan specifies major goals and…

Old-age pensions Published_SS_Monitor http://www.news.cn/english/20220221/a7695ab8dd054f41b95b01e0ae4ee58e/c.html pmassetti
How did China adopt social protection responses to the COVID-19 pandemic so quickly? china

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (10.02.2022) The COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Wuhan, capital of the Hubei Province in China in early 2020. This One Pager discusses factors that enabled the country to support affected groups in a timely manner and how this experience…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19 https://ipcig.org/publication/31124?language_content_entity=en pmassetti
Social protection and the response to COVID-19 in LAC: innovation in registration and payment systems latin america

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) (10.02.2022) The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the foundations of the economy and provoked devastating social effects in all countries of the world, with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) one of the most affected regions. The region is…

Cash transfers covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://ipcig.org/publication/31126?language_content_entity=en pmassetti
Social protection response to COVID-19 in rural LAC: social and economic double inclusion latin america

International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)  (10.02.20222) This One Pager reflects on how to improve social protection systems in Latin America and the Caribbean after the COVID-19 pandemic, analysing how it can ensure food security and social and economic ‘double inclusion’. In…

rural world Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://ipcig.org/publication/31127?language_content_entity=en pmassetti
Accelerating digital cash transfers to the world’s poorest

brookings.edu (17.02.2022) The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed an estimated 124 million people into extreme poverty globally, the first increase in extreme poverty in 20 years. To meet the magnitude of this need, governments around the world have dramatically ramped up social protection measures,…

Information and communication technology covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor, Published_DIGITAL_Eco_Obs_MONITOR https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2022/02/17/accelerating-digit… pmassetti
The Challenges of Targeting Social Protection Programs

africanarguments.org (10 febrary 2022) In 2020, when the pandemic began, many governments worldwide undertook the task of channeling emergency support to their most vulnerable citizens. This task, made more difficult by the unprecedented public health restrictions implemented in various settings…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://africanarguments.org/2022/02/the-challenges-of-targeting-social-protect… pmassetti
Shortfalls in Social Spending in Low- and Middle-income Countries: COVID-19 and Shrinking Finance for Social Spending

unicef-irc.org (2022) Financing quality social services will require increased public investment and greater mobilization of both domestic and international resources in the post-COVID era. Currently, low- and middle-income countries invest, on average, just one third of their total government…

Financing covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/1345-covid-19-and-shrinking-finance-for… pmassetti
Spending on social protection rose nearly 270% with pandemic

UN News (07.02.2022) Opening the session, the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Liu Zhenmin, argued that the pandemic had highlighted the critical role of social policies.  “The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated inequalities, and multiple forms of deprivation”, Mr.…

covid19 Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published_SS_Monitor https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/02/1111442 pmassetti
Promoting longer working lives in the digital era

LSE Business Review (11.02.2022)  High automation risk discourages older workers from remaining in employment. In technologically advanced countries such as Finland, generous unemployment benefits to people 59 and over ends up creating a retirement pathway. Simply pushing that age limit back…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/businessreview/2022/01/11/promoting-longer-working-live… pmassetti
Families eligible for Italy’s single universal allowance from January italy

thelocal.it (31.12.2021) From Saturday, the single universal child benefit (L’assegno unico e universale) is open for applications and will be distributed from March 1st 2022. The measure forms part of Italy’s overall Budget Law 2022, which has established tax and pension reforms as well as…

Family benefits Published_SS_Monitor https://www.thelocal.it/20211231/families-eligible-for-italys-single-universal-… pmassetti
France : Mon espace santé : ce qu’il faut savoir sur le nouveau dossier médical numérique france

Cet espace personnel sera créé automatiquement pour chaque personne couverte par l’Assurance-maladie, centralisant ses informations médicales.

Health Published_SS_Monitor https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2022/02/03/ce-qu-il-faut-savoir-sur-le-no… pmassetti
Denmark: Family leave reform denmark

wtwco.com  (24.01.2022) A large majority of the political parties in parliament have agreed on a new model to equalize family leave benefit entitlements between both parents, adopting almost in its entirety a proposal from the two main social partners. The bill required to amend current family…

Family benefits ssptw Published_SS_Monitor https://www.wtwco.com/en-TH/Insights/2022/01/denmark-family-leave-reform pmassetti
The Right Recipe for Reforming Pensions

Project Syndicate (29.12.2021) Even though governments do not provide all pension income in most national systems, they have good reasons to be involved in reform efforts. And one of the best things governments could do is to ensure that workers have the information and financial education they…

Pensions Published_SS_Monitor https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/right-recipe-for-successful-pensio… pmassetti
Public support for a universal basic income is dependent on the way it is funded united kingdom

lse.ac.uk (25.01.2022) The concept of a universal basic income has received increased attention since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what do the public think about the proposal? Drawing on a new study, Leire Rincón illustrates that a key factor affecting support for a universal basic…

Extension of coverage universal-basic-income Published_SS_Monitor https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2022/01/25/public-support-for-a-universal-ba… pmassetti
Report: UK: Social Insecurity united kingdom

economy2030 (january 2022) The UK is facing a decade of unprecedented economic change as we adjust to a post-Covid-19 economy, a new economic context outside the European Union (EU), and the decarbonisation of the economy.  And the social security system has a key role to play in the years ahead…

Social policies & programmes Published_SS_Monitor https://economy2030.resolutionfoundation.org/reports/social-insecurity/ pmassetti