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Measuring Up: A History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950

Moramay Lopez-Alonso

Abstract

This book traces the high levels of poverty and inequality that Mexico faced in the mid-twentieth century. Using newly developed multidisciplinary techniques, the book provides a perspective on living standards in Mexico prior to the first measurement of income distribution in 1957. By offering an account of material living conditions and their repercussions on biological standards of living between 1850 and 1950, it sheds new light on the life of the marginalized during this period. The book shows that new methodologies allow us to examine the history of individuals who were not integrated in ... More

Keywords: Mexico, living standards, poverty, inequality, income distribution, anthropometric history techniques, economic modernization, growth, living conditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804773164
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Moramay Lopez-Alonso, author