Date of Award

Spring 2023




Ajit Zacharias, PhD


The Chilean development model have not been able to generate employment for the most impoverished groups. Moreover, Chile is vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, this thesis examines through a heterodox economic lens a Job Guarantee Program for Chile can serve as alternative to promote social inclusion and sustainable development. Using input-output model, the Job Guarantee Program has higher employment creation potential. It can generate 196 jobs per billion pesos, of which 185 are direct jobs and 11 are indirect jobs. There is no economic sector (e.g., construction, services, mining, etc.) with that potential for job creation. Large work programs are neither a purely theoretical proposal nor an exclusive policy for developed countries. The implementation of direct employment programs in developing countries, such as Chile is feasible.

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