OECD Economic Surveys: Mexico

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1999-0723 (online)
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OECD’s periodic surveys of the Mexican economy. Each edition surveys the major challenges faced by the country, evaluates the short-term outlook, and makes specific policy recommendations. Special chapters take a more detailed look at specific challenges. Extensive statistical information is included in charts and graphs.

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10 Jan 2017
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Ambitious structural reforms and sound macroeconomic policies have ensured the resilience of the highly-open Mexican economy in the face of challenging global conditions. Mexico’s productivity growth has recently picked up in sectors that benefitted from structural reforms – energy, financial, and telecoms. Trade openness, foreign direct investment, integration into global value chains and innovation incentives have boosted exports, notably of autos. Yet other sectors lag behind, suffering from overly stringent local regulations, weak legal institutions, rooted informality, corruption and insufficient financial development. Moreover, growth has not been inclusive enough to achieve better living conditions for all Mexican families, many of whom live in poverty, and whose children’s opportunities to do better than their parents could be improved. Past policies have already begun to correct these trends, but more needs to be done. The 2017 Survey makes key policy recommendations that could help to boost productivity and make growth more inclusive.


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    • Towards a more inclusive society

      Building vibrant and systematic partnerships with the private sector is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of the Mexican government’s agenda to accelerate poverty reduction and sustainable development, and ultimately to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. This chapter examines how advancing financial inclusion and promoting socially responsible firms can contribute to sustained economic growth and shared prosperity.

    • Boosting productivity through integration into Global Value Chains

      Mexico’s structural reforms are already boosting productivity, but more can be done. This chapter focuses on issues that have led to the success of the modern Mexico, and have led to difficulties with the traditional Mexico. These include the success of Global Value Chains (GVCs) in advancing the trade integration and linkages of key sectors, as well as how competition problems, excessive local regulation, and weak legal institutions have led to misallocation across firms.

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