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 Coahuila, located on the US border in the North-East meso-region, is the third largest state in terms of surface area. But with only 2.5 million inhabitants, it is the16th state in terms of population and one of the least densely populated. The state has a much lower share of its population in rural areas, only 10% in cities with under 2 500 inhabitants versus 23.5% nationally. The state population is growing somewhat above the national average at 1.5% versus 1.0% nationwide. The state also has a very small indigenous ethnic population. In terms of educational attainment, it is ahead the national averages with 19% having a tertiary education (fifth ranked).


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