Measuring Well-being in Mexican States

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The report provides a comprehensive picture on the territorial differences in many well-being dimensions across the 31 Mexican states and the Federal District. It represents a sound base for state and local policy makers, political leaders and citizens to better understand people’s living conditions, gauge progress in various aspects of economy and society and use these indicators to improve the design and implementation of policies. It is a part of the “How’s Life in Your Region?” work produced by the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate at the behest of the Regional Development Policy Committee.



Executive summary

Over the last 15 years, Mexico has improved its performance in many of the dimensions that are essential to a good life, notably in health outcomes, access to basic services and quality of housing. Further efforts are now required to improve performance in other areas, such as education, safety, poverty reduction and quality of jobs, where Mexico still fares poorly in international comparisons. In addition, stark differences in outcomes exist across its states. To offer one example of the work that lies ahead on both fronts: only about 44% of Mexico’s labour force has at least secondary education, 30 percentage points below the OECD average, while the education gap between the Federal District (58%) and the state of Chiapas (27%) is the second largest disparity within any OECD country except for Turkey.


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