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"Why isn’t Mexico Rich?"

Gordon Hanson, UC San Diego
Apr 28, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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Over the last three decades, Mexico has aggressively reformed its economy, opening to foreign trade and investment, achieving fiscal discipline, and privatizing state-owned enterprises.  Despite these efforts, the country’s economic growth has been lackluster, trailing that of many other developing nations.  The most prominent argument suggest that some combination of poorly functioning credit markets, distortions in the supply of non-traded inputs, and perverse incentives for informality creates a drag on productivity growth. These are factors internal to Mexico.  One possible external factor is that the country has the bad luck of exporting goods that China sells, rather than goods that China buys.  Hanson will review current arguments about why Mexico hasn’t sustained higher rates of economic growth.

Professor Hanson is the director of the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies and is a professor of economics at UC San Diego, where he holds faculty positions in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Department of Economics.  He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics.




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