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Declining wages for college-educated workers in Mexico : are younger or older cohorts hurt the most ?

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  • Campos-Vazquez,Raymundo M.
  • Lopez-Calva,Luis-Felipe
  • Lustig,Nora

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

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  • Campos-Vazquez,Raymundo M. & Lopez-Calva,Luis-Felipe & Lustig,Nora, 2016. "Declining wages for college-educated workers in Mexico : are younger or older cohorts hurt the most ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7546, The World Bank.
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    Keywords

    Work&Working Conditions; Labor Policies; Youth and Government; Labor Markets; Tertiary Education;
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    JEL classification:

    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean

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