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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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Yucatan

The state of Yucatan is one of three states in the Southeast Mexican Peninsula (South- Southeast meso-region). It is the 15th largest in surface area and with a population of 1.9 million (1.8% of Mexico), it is the 18th most densely populated. Nevertheless, the state has a high share of its population in urban areas at 83% compared to a national average of 76.5%. Some of the state’s larger cities include Mérida, Valladolid, Puerto Progreso, Motul and Tizimín. The state population is growing notably faster than the national average (1.6% versus 1%). As the state is far from the US, it has a very low share of its adult population that has migrated there, a factor contributing to the relatively higher rates of population growth in the state. 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 has completed secondary schooling. 

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