OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: 15 Mexican States 2009

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Despite macro-economic stability in recent years, Mexico still suffers from stagnant productivity growth. Mexico’s long-term competitiveness in a global context will require greater public and private action to spur innovation and economic growth in regions throughout the country. This report reviews how both national and state policies in Mexico can better support regional innovation systems and includes profiles of 15 states.

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The state of Chihuahua is a Northern border (to the US) state located between the North-East and North-West meso-regions. It is big by Mexico standards, actually the largest state (larger than the United Kingdom) and has a population of just over 3.2 million inhabitants (3.1% of country). The state population is growing slightly faster than the national average (1.2% versus 1.0%). In terms of educational attainment, it is slightly ahead of the national average in schooling years and below the national average in terms of the proportion of its population over 15 years that completed secondary schooling.


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