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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Methodological Introduction

This review seeks to understand how to better support the competitiveness of Mexican regions through improved regional innovation systems and clusters. While the links between innovation and economic growth are not linear, innovation contributes to productivity improvements and hence the competitiveness of a region. The economic literature shows that clusters and regional innovation systems play a role in supporting this innovation process and in improving firm productivity.


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