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Wage inequality and economic growth in Mexican regions

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  • Tello, Claudia

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    (AQR-IREA, University of Barcelona)

  • Ramos, Raúl

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    (AQR-IREA, University of Barcelona)

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Only a few studies have analysed the relationship between intraregional inequality and growth, although several studies have measured inequality at the regional level. The objective of this paper is to analyse the relationship between income (wage) inequality and economic growth in different regions of Mexico. We also try to identify factors that explain the variation of intra-regional inequality across Mexican regions and over time. Using macroeconomic databases and publicly available microdata, we apply techniques used in the fields of statistics and econometrics to obtain robust evidence on the relationship between growth and inequality. Our aim is to provide policy recommendations to support the design and implementation of growth-promoting measures thatavoid the exclusion of certain social groups. This paper provides reasons to use a spatial approach and an analysis of particular regions to avoid «one size fits all» policy recommendations.

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Article provided by Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional in its journal Investigaciones Regionales.

Volume (Year): (2012)
Issue (Month): 24 ()
Pages: 115-152

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Handle: RePEc:ris:invreg:0006

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Keywords: Regional inequality; economic growth; Mexican regions;

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