Dreams that do not come true: Re-addressing social security to expand old-age social protection: The case of informal workers in El Salvador

Nancy Elizabeth Argueta Joya

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Abstract

This paper focuses on old-age income security, with the objective to explore obstacles and opportunities to expand social protection for informal workers in El Salvador. It first introduces the main concepts and debates on social security, social protection, coverage and informality, to later assess the extent to which the social security system and particularly the pension system is handling the challenges to include the excluded. The paper reviews formal attitudes, risk assumptions, legal frameworks and official indicators as well as informal workers opinions on topics related to work, income, savings and security to highlight the existing gaps between formal and informal worlds and visions. Bearing in mind these differences and some particular context factors, the paper rules out the short-term possibility that old-age social protection in El Salvador will be expanded through social security measures. As a result, it explores ideas on how, in spite of the obstacles and unfulfilled obligations, other institutions can come forward so that old-age social protection for less favored workers is no longer delayed.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages62
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number439
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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