Can Social Protection Be an Engine for Inclusive Growth?

This study has two main objectives. First, to contribute to fill-in important knowledge gaps as regards the impact of different types of social protection programmes on the micro drivers of growth across different income groups – our understanding of inclusive growth in this report. Second, to create more solid economic arguments for investing in social protection that can feed budget discussions and social dialogue.

This report is based on an in depth review of the theoretical and empirical literature on the impact of social protection on growth and equity, enriched by 11 new impact evaluations of social protection programmes implemented in four countries – Brazil, Ghana, Germany and Indonesia - that represent a diverse set of conditions in terms of income level and geographical location.