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Spatial dimensions of trade liberalization and economic convergence : Mexico 1985-2002, Volume 1
Author:Aroca, Patricio; Bosch, Mariano; Maloney, William F. ; Country:Mexico;
Date Stored:2005/10/04Document Date:2005/10/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Economic Theory & Research; Urban Governance and Management; Regional Governance; Inequality; Economic Conditions and Volatility
Language:EnglishRegion:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:WPS3744Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3744
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper studies the spatial dimension of growth in Mexico over the past three decades. The literature on regional economic growth shows a decrease in regional dispersion from 1970 to 1985, and a sharp increase afterward coinciding with the trade liberalization of the Mexican economy. Using spatial econometric, tools the authors analyze how the process of convergence/divergence has mapped spatially and whether it makes sense to talk about spatial regions in Mexico. Although the rich North-poor South dichotomy has dominated this phenomenon, interesting patterns emerge. Namely the distribution of growth after Mexico's post-liberalization seems to be much less associated with distance to the United States than the authors had initially expected.

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