Formation of cognitive capacity in Mexico: Economic and public policy impacts

  • David Mayer Foulkes Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
  • Edson Enrique Serván Mori CIEE - Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública
Keywords: cognitive ability, intergenerational, inequality, poverty, public policy
JEL Classification: I28, I32, I38


A stochastic frontier model is used to make a comparative estimate of the production of cognitive capacity and stature in the family, using data from the Mexican survey ENNVIH 2002. We find that child cognitive capacity is associated with the economic status of the family, public policy variables and descriptors of the local economy. Economic and public policy inputs intervene more efficiently for the formation of cognitive capacity that for stature. The application of public programs with the objective of promoting cognitive capacity could be effective.


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Mayer FoulkesD., & Serván MoriE. (2009). Formation of cognitive capacity in Mexico: Economic and public policy impacts. Estudios Económicos, 83-122.
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