Changes in Intergenerational Mobility in Mexico: A Cohort Analysis

Florencia Torche

Documento de trabajo CEEY no. 03 / 2020

We study the changes in intergenerational socioeconomic mobility in Mexico among cohorts born between the 1950s and the 1980s. These cohorts came of age in sharply different economic institutional contexts, as Mexico experienced urbanization, industrialization, and demographic transformations. In addition, we examine the role that educational attainment plays in the mobility process. Specifically, we examine the portion of the intergenerational socioeconomic association that is mediated by education, and the portion that occurs through channels other than the educational system. Given substantial stratification based on gender and region, we conduct separate analyses for Mexican men and women as well as across regions of the country.