Rising Inequality in Mexico: Returns to Household Characteristics and the 'Chiapas Effect'

29 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 1999

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César P. Bouillon

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Arianna Legovini

World Bank

Nora Lustig

Tulane University

Date Written: April 19, 1999

Abstract

Using data from the Mexican National Household Income and Expenditure Surveys, we decompose the effects of returns to household characteristics and geographical variables to determine the relative importance of these factors in explaining the rising income inequality experienced in the 1984-94 period. Whereas household characteristics explain the largest share of the changes in inequality, the deteriorating conditions in the Southern region are found to account for a significant portion of rising income inequality in the country.

JEL Classification: D1, I2, I3, J1, R2

Suggested Citation

Bouillon Buendia, César Patricio and Legovini, Arianna and Lustig, Nora Claudia, Rising Inequality in Mexico: Returns to Household Characteristics and the 'Chiapas Effect' (April 19, 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=182178 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.182178

César Patricio Bouillon Buendia (Contact Author)

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Arianna Legovini

World Bank ( email )

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United States

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Nora Claudia Lustig

Tulane University ( email )

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New Orleans, LA 70118
United States

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