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TIPs for the Analysis of Poverty in Mexico, 1992-2005


  • Carlos M. Urzúa

    () (Tecnológico de Monterrey)

  • Alejandra Macías

    (Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo en México)

  • Héctor H. Sandoval

    (Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social)


This paper proposes some changes to the official methodology that is currently in use to measure the state of poverty in Mexico. Among other suggestions, it is recommended the use of bootstrapping to estimate confidence intervals for the poverty statistics, as well as the use of dominance analysis when making inter-temporal comparisons. In particular, since poverty lines change over time, the paper proposes the use of TIP curves for that end. Using the eight surveys that were made during the period 1992-2005, the paper presents a large number of absolute poverty statistics and TIP curves, as well as comparisons among them

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  • Carlos M. Urzúa & Alejandra Macías & Héctor H. Sandoval, 2008. "TIPs for the Analysis of Poverty in Mexico, 1992-2005," Revista de Administración, Finanzas y Economía (Journal of Management, Finance and Economics), Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México, vol. 2(1), pages 74-91.
  • Handle: RePEc:ega:rafega:200806

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    Poverty; confidence intervals; standard error; bootstrap; resampling; FGT measures; TIP curves; dominance; Mexico;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement


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