Sorting through 700+ papers: A selection of social protection readings from 2023

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Workers receiving their pay
This list of suggested readings from 2023 examines the impact of cash transfers and other social protection topics. Copyright: Vincent Tremeau/World Bank

Over the course of 2023, I reviewed, curated, and summarized 722 materials on social protection. While there have been plenty of insightful papers published, here are 25 suggested readings for the upcoming break organized around 10 thematic areas.



Cognitive and mental health




Political economy

Social contracts


And before you go, here is an overview of social protection in regions around world:

Phew… what a year!


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Ugo Gentilini

Global Lead for Social Assistance, World Bank

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