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Intergenerational economic mobility in Mexico/Movilidad económica intergeneracional en México

Raymundo M. Campos Vázquez, Victor H. Delgado Barrera and Roberto Vélez-Grajales
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Raymundo M. Campos Vázquez: El Colegio de México
Victor H. Delgado Barrera: Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público
Roberto Vélez-Grajales: Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Raymundo Miguel Campos-Vazquez and Roberto Velez Grajales

Estudios Económicos, 2021, vol. 36, issue 1, 151-176

Abstract: This article documents several measures of intergenerational economic mobility in Mexico. We employ census data available for 1990 to 2015 on earnings. Since censuses do not link individuals over time, the empirical strategy follows a synthetic approach by matching individuals with synthetic family earnings by the state where they were born and their birth cohort. The aggregate estimate indicates an intergenerational elasticity (IGE) of 0.50, adjusted for cross-country comparison; intergenerational mobility is low in comparison with advanced economies. Results also suggest a higher intergenerational mobility for younger cohorts. Moreover, people born in southern Mexico have a lesser degree of intergenerational mobility.

Keywords: Mexico; intergenerational mobility; earnings; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 J62 N36 O54 R10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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