Measurement and Characterization of the Middle Class in Latin America


  • Archivos de Economía


  • The present research aims to compare and improve the measurement and, therefore, the definition of what middle class represents, for a group of countries in Latin America, namely Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador, using a methodology based on the expenditure of households, compared to the most common approach that uses income as a referent variable. It looks for a definition of middle class according to particularities inherent to Latin American social composition, and develops a characterization of the sample countries, according to the World Bank GDP (PPP- 2010) classification. Additionally, some findings about wealth distribution are pinpointed using GINI measurements. For the proposed measurements, this study uses household survey data collected with similar objectives and techniques in each of the sample countries in order to quantify and qualify middle classes. Once defined, the measurements will help governments of the region to re-focus or improve the design and implementation of their social programs and policies that aim to reduce economic opportunity gaps.

fecha de publicación

  • 2013-11

Líneas de investigación

  • Expenditure
  • Income
  • Inequality
  • Latin America
  • Middle Class


  • 11206