The Human Development Trap in Mexico

52 Pages Posted: 4 May 2004

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David Mayer-Foulkes

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) - Division of Economics; UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latinamerica

Date Written: April 28, 2004

Abstract

Human development is characterized by intergenerational traps that slow economic growth. Such a trap exists in Mexico, with increasing returns for education not accessed by most of the population. In addition, early child health and nutrition are strongly associated with later educational achievements. The distribution of schooling is multiple peaked with two social classes, those with complete lower secondary schooling or less, and those with 15 or more years of education. The lower group's schooling investment responds mainly to public education. Policies supporting nutrition, health, early child development and education must complement pro-market reform to effectively promote long-term economic growth.

Keywords: Economic Growth, Human Development, Health, Education, Poverty trap, Mexico

JEL Classification: O11, O12, O15

Suggested Citation

Mayer-Foulkes, David, The Human Development Trap in Mexico (April 28, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=539082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.539082

David Mayer-Foulkes (Contact Author)

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