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The Myth of Post-Reform Income Stagnation :, Evidence from Brazil and Mexico, Irineu de Carvalho Filho, Marcos Chamon

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Abstract
Economic policies are often judged by a handful of statistics, some of which may be biased during periods of change. We estimate the income growth implied by the evolution of food demand and durable good ownership in post-reform Brazil and Mexico, and find that changes in consumption patterns are inconsistent with official estimates of near stagnant incomes. That is attributed to biases in the price deflator. The estimated unmeasured income gains are higher for poorer households, implying marked reductions in "real" inequality. These findings challenge the conventional wisdom that post-reform income growth was low and did not benefit the poor
Table Of Contents
Contents; I. Introduction; II. Empirical Methodology; III. Brazil; A. Background on Economic Policy Changes; B. Data; C. Results; D. Evidence from Durable Goods Ownership and Anthropometrics; E. Food Consumption in the 1970's; IV. Mexico; A. Background on Economic Policy Changes; B. Data; C. Results; D. Evidence from Durable Goods Ownership and Anthropometrics; V. Discussion and Conclusion; Text Tables; 1. Descriptive Statistics for Brazil; 2. Regression Results for Brazil, Full Sample; 3. Annual Bias Estimates for Brazil Across Different Methods and Samples
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Description based upon print version of record
Physical Description
1 online resource (54 p.)
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9781282841482

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