Ethnicity and Human Capital Accumulation in Urban Mexico

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Hugo Ñopo

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Natalia Winder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: December 2008

Abstract

This study analyzes social mobility and human capital accumulation among ethnic minorities in Mexican urban areas, exploring changes in educational attainment and labor market status and using panel data from the Mexican Family Life Survey (MFxLS). The results indicate important ethnic differences in human capital accumulation patterns, especially in education, where non-indigenous individuals seem to accumulate human capital more rapidly than individuals of indigenous descent. Also, key socio-demographic characteristics linked to those patterns of human capital accumulation seem to differ between indigenous and non-indigenous individuals. In particular, for indigenous peoples in urban areas, human capital accumulation and wealth accumulation seem to work as substitutes rather than complements in the short run.

Suggested Citation

Nopo, Hugo and Winder, Natalia, Ethnicity and Human Capital Accumulation in Urban Mexico (December 2008). IDB Working Paper No. 552. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1821903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1821903

Hugo Nopo (Contact Author)

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

1300 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20577
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Natalia Winder

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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