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Social policy and economic crisis: how progressive are the transfers in Mexico?


  • Luis Huesca Reynoso

    () (Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, A.C., México)

  • Cuauhtémoc Calderón Villarreal

    () (Colegio de la Frontera Norte, México)


In a context of both economic and social crisis, public policies and programs against poverty must be capable to cope it and be oriented to households with more vulnerable and disabled groups in population. Its efficiency is doubtfully for the Mexican case, as long as recent data shows an increase on children’s participation in the labor market. This research contributes with current information about the transfer’s effect of Oportunidades among other cash-benefits which targets directly on those families during the years of the recent economic crisis in 2008-2012. The analysis is implemented for Mexico in both rural and urban zones and it is found that a household with children does not present the best inci¬dence on transfers in comparison to their counterpart. Scholarships and Procampo are the benefits with the least effectiveness in the 2009 crisis; meanwhile, Food Support and Opor¬tunidades Program presents greater progressivity. Oportunidades have lost effectiveness in the 2009 crisis when reducing its progressivity.

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  • Luis Huesca Reynoso & Cuauhtémoc Calderón Villarreal, 2015. "Social policy and economic crisis: how progressive are the transfers in Mexico?," Contaduría y Administración, Accounting and Management, vol. 60(6), pages 169-194, Octubre-D.
  • Handle: RePEc:nax:conyad:v:60:y:2015:i:6:p:169-194

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    Progresividad; Redistribución; Transferencias; Crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
    • H23 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Externalities; Redistributive Effects; Environmental Taxes and Subsidies


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