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Measuring UpA History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950$
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Moramay Lopez-Alonso

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773164

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.001.0001

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The Ideas Behind the Making of Welfare Institutions

The Ideas Behind the Making of Welfare Institutions

(p.19) Chapter 1 The Ideas Behind the Making of Welfare Institutions
Measuring Up
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This chapter analyzes the ideas that influence the concepts and policies on welfare, poverty, and charity in Mexico. It discusses the views of poverty alleviation by three classical economics, including Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Thomas Malthus. It argues that the design of welfare institutions in Mexico were shaped by social and political events and by ideas on welfare in the West as they were understood by Mexican intellectuals.

Keywords:   welfare, poverty, charity, Mexico, poverty alleviation, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Thomas Malthus, welfare institutions, West

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