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Title:Ethnicity and human capital accumulation in urban Mexico PDF Logo
Authors:Ñopo, Hugo
Winder, Natalia
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper // Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department 660
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.
Subjects:Social mobility
human capital accumulation
education
ethnic minorities
urban areas
Mexico
JEL:D13
J15
O18
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Research Department Working Papers, Inter-American Development Bank

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