Mexico City is a place of extremes: it contains pockets of material luxury and financial wealth, su– rrounded by a population struggling to get by with low wages and limited public services. Households in the richest 10 percent receive 45 percent of the total household income, or 20 times more than the poorest 20 percent.
These inequalities in livelihoods and material wellbeing are exacerbated by unequal interpersonal relations. Indigenous people and women face discrimination in the labour market and in their every- day lives, while whites and men tend to hoard the most valuable economic and social opportunities.
This report uses the new methodology Faces of Inequality to capture multidimensional inequalities. It goes beyond standard inequality analyses that are based only on economic inequality. Its focus is on the quality of life that individuals manage to live, their aspirations, experiences of discrimination and stigma, and of social mobility. It captures the interactions between inequalities in living standards and living conditions, social status and stig- ma, as well as in experiences of the city, using new survey data, images and videos from 50 households, 5 from each income decile, com- bined with pre-existing quantitative survey data.
Faces of Inequality: Multidimensional Inequalities in Mexico City