David Atkin, from Yale University, compared the hight of children born to mothers who lived in a town where a maquiladora opened when the woman was sixteen years old to that of children of mothers who did not have this opportunity. The children whose mother's town has a maquiladora were much taller than those born to similar women in different towns. This difference is so large that it can bridge the entire gap in hight between a poor Mexican child and the "norm" for a well-fed American child.The working paper is here -- conclusions are incomplete. Webpage of the author.
Sep 25, 2011
Maquiladoras and economic development
An interesting finding mentioned in the book "Poor Economics:" [p. 229]
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