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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San Luis Potosi

The state of San Luis Potosi is in the Centre-West meso-region of Mexico. The state has a diversity of climates within its borders. It is the 15th largest in size, and with a population of just over 2.4 million inhabitants (2.3% of nation), has a lower than average population density (ranked 21st). A few of the state’s larger cities include San Luis Potosí, its capital city, Soledad de Graciano Sanchez, Ciudad Valles, Tamazunchale and Matehuala. The state has a highly rural proportion of 37.4%, higher than the national average of 23.5%. The state population is growing slower than the national average (0.8% versus 1.0%) in part due to migration to the US and other neighbouring states. As a result of this out migration, it is the fifth state in terms of remittances. In terms of educational attainment, it is behind the national averages in both schooling years and in the proportion of its population over 15 years that completed secondary schooling. 


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