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Latin America's Surging Middle Classes: Are They Really a Force for Change? (event video)

11/16/12

Latin America's emerging middle class, defined as those unlikely to fall back into poverty, has grown by 50% in recent years and now includes one of every three people on the continent, roughly equal to the number of people who remain poor. A new World Bank study finds many potential benefits from this surging middle class but cautions that these benefits can only be fully realized if countries can strike a new social contract that links middle class interests to the inclusion of those left behind. The event will include presentation of the report's key findings and a panel discussion with some of the leading experts on the region's middle classes.

Opening Remarks

Todd Moss

Vice President for Programs and Senior Fellow, CGD



Hasan Tuluy

Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank



Presentation

Augusto de la Torre

Chief Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank



Jamele Rigolini

Senior Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank



Discussion Panel

Liliana Rojas Suarez

Senior Fellow and Director, Latin America Initiative, CGD (discussion chair)



Kaushik Basu

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank



Nora Lustig

Professor of Economics, Tulane University

Non-Resident Fellow, CGD

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