Age-grade gap from different theoretical perspectives

Vol. 32 No. 3 (2012)

Jul-Sep / 2012
Published July 1, 2012
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How to Cite

Ribeiro, Rosana, and Maria Cristina Cacciamali. 2012. “Age-Grade Gap from Different Theoretical Perspectives”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 32 (3):497-512.

Age-grade gap from different theoretical perspectives

Rosana Ribeiro
Professora Doutora do Instituto de Economia da Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
Maria Cristina Cacciamali
Professora Titular e Livre-Docente da Faculdade de Economia, Administração e Contabilidade da Universidade de São Paulo
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 32 No. 3 (2012), Jul-Sep / 2012, Pages 497-512


The purpose of this article is to analyze the determinants of the age-grade gap based on the human capital theory and some education sociology approaches. The article also shows the range and limitations of the Family Scholarship Transfer Programme (programa Bolsa Familia) in this age-grade gap reduction process. From the investigated theoretical aspects it can be concluded that this Programme would only show long-term effectiveness in the poverty reduction process if supported by at least a combination of programs and actions aimed at improving this educational indicator. 

JEL Classification: I25.

Keywords: age-grade gap human capital Bolsa Família Programme