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López-Alonso, Moramay and Vélez-Grajales, Roberto
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Roberto Velez Grajales

Revista de Historia Económica / Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, 2019, vol. 37, issue 2, 271-296

Abstract: Using data from two national surveys (ENSA, 2000; ENSANUT, 2006) we assess the evolution of biological standards of living of the Mexican population born during the second half of the 20th century. Our results show that there was an improvement in living standards reflected in an increase in stature, but this amelioration was limited. We observe differences across socio-economic strata, across educational levels, and between men and women. Persistent structural inequality has been byproduct of a system of security and social protection that was limited, segmented and hampered the potentially positive effects of social-welfare policies. We corroborate the relatively modest improvement in heights by comparing outcomes in Mexico with other Latin American countries.

Date: 2019
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