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Mapping Income Protection Gaps

Mapping Income Protection Gaps

29 January 2016 | Noel Whiteside, Sarah McGill, Roger Fernandez-Urbano, Peiqi Deng | Report

The global population is ageing. Disability rates among working-age people have risen at the same time as public expenditure constraints tighten. What resources are available for households in the event of work incapacity or premature death - what risk of poverty, what strategy for income restitution? This report examines income protection gaps (IPGs) that follow bereavement and both permanent and temporary disability. It outlines protection systems, changing policy strategies, rising risk and growing IPGs to explain the income gap problem. It will consider the varying situation in four broad geographical regions - Continental Europe, Latin America, the English-speaking world, and south Asia - to illustrate the different manifestations of such risks and the means by which they are compensated in different parts of the world.