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Human capital investment and long-term poverty reduction in rural Mexico

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  • Paul Conal Winters

    (AU - American University Washington D.C.)

  • Vera Chiodi

    (PSE - Paris School of Economics, PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - ENS Paris - École normale supérieure - Paris - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - EHESS - École des hautes études en sciences sociales - ENPC - École des Ponts ParisTech - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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By focussing on human capital investment, the Mexican Oportunidades program will influence the economic choices of the rural poor. To understand how beneficiaries may alter their behaviour as a result of this intervention, this paper uses administrative data to analyse the economic activities of the rural poor. Results indicate that investments in education are likely to shift recipients from agricultural wage employment towards non-farm wage employment. The magnitude of this impact will be influenced by household assets and by the location of the household. The results suggest the need for policies that complement the government's focus on human capital investment.

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  • Paul Conal Winters & Vera Chiodi, 2011. "Human capital investment and long-term poverty reduction in rural Mexico," Post-Print hal-00812890, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-00812890
    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1664
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    1. Álvarez, Carola & Devoto, Florencia & Winters, Paul, 2008. "Why do Beneficiaries Leave the Safety Net in Mexico? A Study of the Effects of Conditionality on Dropouts," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 641-658, April.
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