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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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Sub-national Initiatives for Regional Clusters and Innovation Systems

Mexico’s lack of productivity growth is one of the primary barriers to country competitiveness. Unlike in many OECD countries, there are relatively few incentives provided by national policy in a range of policy families to promote the development of regional innovation systems and clusters as a vehicle for supporting productivity growth (see Chapter 2). Are Mexican states (and in some cases municipalities) able to fill the gap? Although in a federal country the expectation would be for states to take a lead role in supporting regional innovation systems, the high level of fiscal centralisation (see Chapter 4), along with the territorial concentration of innovation resources within the country (see Chapter 1), are among the barriers for states. 

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