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Type Working Paper - Young Lives: An International Study of Childhood Poverty
Title Aspiration Failure: A Poverty Trap for Indigenous Children in Peru?
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Issue 116
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
URL http://r4d.dfid.gov.uk/pdf/outputs/Younglives/wp116-pasquier-risso.pdf
Abstract
This paper aims to contribute to understand the mechanisms underlying the complex exclusion process of indigenous people in Peru, by analysing the role played by aspirations in the investment in education of indigenous children. To address these issues, the paper relies on a very rich data set, the Young Lives data, and use an original instrument that allow to cast light on the causal relation between aspiration and educational outcomes. We find that aspiration failure is a channel of inequality persistence between indigenous and nonindigenous people, but that aspiration failure do not takes the form of a lack of aspiration. Indigenous children do not have internalized racial schemas about occupation or about their opportunities. However, the gap between their aspiration and their current socio-economic status is too large, in so far as it has a disincentive effect on forward-looking behaviour.

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