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Declining Wages for College-Educated Workers in Mexico: Are Younger or Older Cohorts Hurt the Most?

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  • Raymundo M. Campos-Vazquez

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    (Centro de Estudios Economicos, El Colegio de Mexico)

  • Luis F. Lopez-Calva

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    (Development Economics Vice Presidency, World Bank)

  • Nora Lustig

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    (Department of Economics, Tulane University)

Wage inequality has declined in Mexico since 2000. Using data from Mexican labor surveys for the period between 2000 and 2014, we investigate if the decline was driven by wages declining more sharply for younger or older workers. We find that wages of older workers declined and the decline was more pronounced in the older the cohort. This would seem to support the hypothesis that older workers' skills have become obsolete.

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Paper provided by Tulane University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1522.

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