The Distribution Dynamics of Human Development in Mexico 1990–2010

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Carlos Villalobos Barría

University of Goettingen (Gottingen)

Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Sebastian Vollmer

University of Goettingen (Gottingen)

Date Written: August 2016

Abstract

Based on census data linked to household surveys, we analyze the univariate and joint distribution of income, health and education at the municipality level in Mexico from 1990 to 2010 using Gaussian mixture models. The univariate analysis finds an emergence of a low‐income cluster in 2000, which disappears again by 2010. Our trivariate estimation shows an education‐led human development convergence over time while dynamics are mainly affected by fluctuations in health and income. Changes in development clusters have a clear spatial pattern and are closely related to the relative size of the agricultural sector and the proportion of indigenous population groups.

Keywords: human development, Mexico, mixture models

JEL Classification: I00, O15, I15, I25

Suggested Citation

Villalobos Barría, Carlos and Klasen, Stephan and Vollmer, Sebastian, The Distribution Dynamics of Human Development in Mexico 1990–2010 (August 2016). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 62, pp. S47-S67, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2830714 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/roiw.12220

Carlos Villalobos Barría (Contact Author)

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) ( email )

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Gottingen, D-37073
Germany

Stephan Klasen

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Goettingen, 37073
Germany
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Sebastian Vollmer

University of Goettingen (Gottingen) ( email )

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 3
Göttingen, 37073
Germany

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