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Rising Inequality in Mexico: Household Characteristics and Regional Effects

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  • Cesar Patricio Bouillon
  • Arianna Legovini
  • Nora Lustig

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We use an empirical framework to identify the contributions of microeconomic factors to the sharp rise in household (per capita) income inequality in Mexico between 1984 and 1994. Results indicate that changes in returns to household characteristics, in particular changes in returns to education, are responsible for about half of the increase in the Gini coefficient. The deteriorating conditions in rural areas relative to the urban areas and of the southern region relative to other regions account for another fourth of the increase in the Gini.

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  • Cesar Patricio Bouillon & Arianna Legovini & Nora Lustig, 2003. "Rising Inequality in Mexico: Household Characteristics and Regional Effects," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(4), pages 112-133.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:39:y:2003:i:4:p:112-133
    DOI: 10.1080/713869428
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