The Transformative Effect of Investments in Territorial Capital on Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Rural Mexico

36 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2019

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Esteban Lafuente

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech)

Pablo Aguilera

Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) - School of Business

Manoj Chandra Bayan

Universidad Javeriana de Cali

Date Written: October 1, 2019

Abstract

Within the rural development debate, there has been increasing call for a stronger territorial focus that emphasizes the utilization and development of local resources along with the demands of community members. This study evaluates the impact of a poverty reduction program on two well-being dimensions: income and consumption in education and health. The empirical analysis uses a primary dataset of 2,234 beneficiary and non-beneficiary households residing in rural areas of Mexico. The results offer valuable insights on how poverty reduction programs can improve the well-being level in the targeted communities through capability-building interventions linked to investments in two forms of territorial capital, namely human capital and productive assets.

Keywords: well-being, capability approach, territorial capital, income, consumption, Mexico

Suggested Citation

Lafuente, Esteban and Aguilera, Pablo and Bayan, Manoj Chandra, The Transformative Effect of Investments in Territorial Capital on Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Rural Mexico (October 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3462686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3462686

Esteban Lafuente (Contact Author)

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC Barcelona Tech) ( email )

Barcelona, Barcelona
Spain

Pablo Aguilera

Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) - School of Business ( email )

Mexico

Manoj Chandra Bayan

Universidad Javeriana de Cali ( email )

Cali
Cali
Colombia

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