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Getting It Right

Strategic Agenda for Reforms in Mexico

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Getting it Right is one of the most complete toolkits that the OECD has designed to help a country at the start of a new government administration. In this publication, the focus of the Organisation’s multidisciplinary knowledge is on Mexico; the discussion is enriched with international experience, and comparison based on best practices. In addition, the report identifies the Mexican economy’s strengths and weaknesses so as to support the design, promotion and implementation of key public policies for better economic performance.

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Improving Access to Formal Employment

The Mexican labour market has recently performed relatively better than those of most other OECD countries. A number of policy initiatives have been taken that should further improve its performance. Nevertheless, there is still much scope for raising Mexico’s overall employment rate, in particular that of women and youth, while promoting greater formal employment and providing better social protection. Major reforms are needed for the labour market to contribute more effectively to higher living standards and inclusive growth. It will be important that the provisions of the new labour reform law governing the hiring and firing of permanent workers and the use of temporary contracts are enforced effectively. Further action could also be taken to strengthen training measures and, as envisaged in the Pact for Mexico, adjust and rationalise Mexico’s social security schemes to encourage formal employment.

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