© 1998

The Economics of Poverty, Inequality and Wealth Accumulation in Mexico


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Miguel Székely
    Pages 1-6
  3. Miguel Székely
    Pages 41-58
  4. Miguel Székely
    Pages 59-84
  5. Miguel Székely
    Pages 85-114
  6. Miguel Székely
    Pages 115-134
  7. Miguel Székely
    Pages 187-221
  8. Miguel Székely
    Pages 222-238
  9. Miguel Székely
    Pages 239-250
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 251-282

About this book


The aim of this book is to understand why despite a considerable increase in average income in Mexico during the 1984-1992 period of economic liberalization, the conditions of the poorest of the poor deteriorated and income inequality increased. To explain why some individuals were able to take advantage of the opportunities which the economy was generating, while others were prevented from doing so, the author suggests some methodology to extract additional information from poverty and inequality measures, and test the main theories of household saving behaviour.


income distribution Income inequality poverty

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inter-American Development BankWashington, DCUSA

About the authors

MIGUEL SZÉKELY is a Research Consultant, Office of the Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank. He was Researcher and Lecturer in Economics at the Centre for Economics Studies, El Colegio de Mexico (1989-93). He was Lecturer in Economics, Department of Economics, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Mexico (1990-92). He won the Nancy Ruggles Memorial Award 1996, for the paper Explaining Poverty. His recent publications are: Income Distribution and Poverty in Mexico, Poverty in Mexico during Adjustment, Review of Income and Wealth, Series 41 (1995), `Aspectos Sobre la Desigualdad en Mexico', El Trimestre Económico, (April-June, 1995), and `Estabilización y Ajuste con Desigualdad y Pobreza, el Caso de Mexico', El Trimestre Económico No. 241, (January-March, 1994)

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