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A dignified standard of living in Mexico: results of a pilot study of the Minimum Income Standard approach

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posted on 02.11.2017, 13:30 by Laura ValadezLaura Valadez, Matt PadleyMatt Padley, Maria Fernanda Torres-Penagos
This paper explores the ways in which consensually-defined, socially-constructed living standards could be helpful in providing new ways of understanding living standards in Mexico. A pilot study formulating a ‘‘Minimum Income Standard’’, carried out in the country in 2016, asked members of Mexican society what they consider to be necessary to achieve a dignified standard of living in urban Mexico today. Participants discussed the meaning of a dignified standard of living and translated such definition into concrete items in a hypothetical living room and in leisure time. Our study reveals that social participation, security, and employment are seen as important elements to live a dignified standard of living, which permeate the rationale for identifying the goods and services seen as needed to achieve a dignified living standard. The definition of a dignified standard of living could usefully inform and contribute to the ongoing debate on wage adequacy in the country.

Funding

The pilot study of the Minimum Income Standard in Mexico was part of a larger project which also included South Africa and was funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund through Loughborough University in the UK, with collaboration of Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico.

History

Published in

Social Indicators Research

Volume

140

Pages

695 - 714

Citation

VALADEZ, L., PADLEY, M. and TORRES-PENAGOS, M.F., 2018. A dignified standard of living in Mexico: results of a pilot study of the Minimum Income Standard approach. Social Indicators Research, 140(2), pp. 695–714.

Publisher

© The Authors. Published by Springer Verlag

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

21/10/2017

Publication date

2017-10-31

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

0303-8300

Language

en