Understanding the Income Gradient in College Attendance in Mexico
Katja Kaufmann of Bocconi University discusses the income gradient in college attendance in Mexico. In her research, she examines the differences in college enrollment rates between poor and rich students in Latin America and analyzes the varying information sets between the poor and the rich, which translates into different perceptions of individual returns to college. Conditional on their information sets, poor people might expect low returns and decide not to attend, or face high (unobserved) costs that prevent them from attending despite high returns.
The lecture is part of a day-long conference organized by James Heckman, Nobel Laureate and professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.The conference is titled "Financing Human Capital Investment" and gathered prominent economists and policy practitioners from across the globe.
The conference represents the beginning of a systematic effort to understand the relationship between human capital development at the micro and macro levels. It was unique in its bringing together of macroeconomists who consider the aggregate consequences of heterogeneity and microeconomists whose research focuses on education. These scholars normally do not communicate, yet their work must be integrated to understand the role of finance in human capital formation. Heckman suggested that the focus of the research network should be enriched by considering family and community influences to develop a comprehensive understanding of the determinants of human flourishing.
The conference was hosted by the Markets Network, which studies how market frictions affect human capital formation and which determines the effects of policies designed to overcome the borrowing constraints that arise in the presence of such frictions. The network is part of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCE), headed by Heckman, Hanover Investment Group’s Robert Dugger, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Steven Durlauf.
- Business and Economics
- Economics » Education
- Financing Human Capital Investment
- Human capital
- Economic hardship » Inequality and poverty
- International Studies
- People » Katja Kaufmann
- Latin America
- Microeconomics and industrial organization theory
- Mexico » Modern
- People » Salvador Navarro
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