Did population well-being improve during Porfirian Mexico? An approximation using a Quasi-Index of human development
Raymundo Campos-Vazquez and
Roberto Vélez-Grajales ()
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It is argued that economic growth during the Porfiriato did not improve the well-being of Mexican population. One explanation for such result is that economic growth pattern was skewed and benefited more the northern states and less the southern ones. Following the estimation method of the Human Development Index (HDI), we calculate a Human Development Quasi-Index for the Mexican states during the period 1895-1910. Results show that starting the period (1895) the northern states were already the most developed. During the next 15 year this pattern was maintained and the dispersion in human development increased marginally. Finally, it is shown that the true losers of Porfiriato were the states surrounding Mexico City and not the southern ones.
Keywords: human development; well-being; Mexico; Porfiriato (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I30 N36 O10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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