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Ethnicity and Human Capital Accumulation in Urban Mexico

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  • Natalia Winder
  • Hugo R. Ñopo

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This study analyzes social mobility and human capital accumulation among ethnic minorities in Mexican urban areas, exploring changes in educational attainment and labor market status and using panel data from the Mexican Family Life Survey (MFxLS). The results indicate important ethnic differences in human capital accumulation patterns, especially in education, where non-indigenous individuals seem to accumulate human capital more rapidly than individuals of indigenous descent. Also, key socio-demographic characteristics linked to those patterns of human capital accumulation seem to differ between indigenous and non-indigenous individuals. In particular, for indigenous peoples in urban areas, human capital accumulation and wealth accumulation seem to work as substitutes rather than complements in the short run.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank in its series IDB Publications with number 6755.

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Handle: RePEc:idb:brikps:6755

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