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Within-country poverty convergence: evidence from Mexico. / López-Calva, Luis F.; Ortiz-Juarez, Eduardo; Rodríguez-Castelán, Carlos.

In: Empirical Economics, Vol. 62, No. 5, 05.2022, p. 2547–2586.

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López-Calva, LF, Ortiz-Juarez, E & Rodríguez-Castelán, C 2022, 'Within-country poverty convergence: evidence from Mexico', Empirical Economics, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 2547–2586. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00181-021-02109-0

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López-Calva, L. F., Ortiz-Juarez, E., & Rodríguez-Castelán, C. (2022). Within-country poverty convergence: evidence from Mexico. Empirical Economics, 62(5), 2547–2586. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00181-021-02109-0

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López-Calva LF, Ortiz-Juarez E, Rodríguez-Castelán C. Within-country poverty convergence: evidence from Mexico. Empirical Economics. 2022 May;62(5):2547–2586. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00181-021-02109-0

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López-Calva, Luis F. ; Ortiz-Juarez, Eduardo ; Rodríguez-Castelán, Carlos. / Within-country poverty convergence: evidence from Mexico. In: Empirical Economics. 2022 ; Vol. 62, No. 5. pp. 2547–2586.

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