Research reports and studies, July 2014
Social protection is one of many policy interventions that can contribute to poverty reduction goals. Evidence is growing of the positive impacts it can have on economic growth, especially in protecting and enhancing productivity and labour force participation among poor households. However, disentangling the effects of social protection on aggregate growth from the impacts of other economic and social policies is challenging. This review paper identifies the channels through which social protection policies and programmes have impacts on growth and productivity and provides evidence of this from academic and evaluative literature.