Publication: Spatial Dimensions of Trade Liberalization and Economic Convergence: Mexico 1985-2002
This paper studies the spatial dimension of growth in Mexico over the past three decades. The literature on regional economic growth shows a decrease in regional dispersion from 1970 to 1985, and a sharp increase afterward coinciding with the trade liberalization of the Mexican economy. Using spatial econometric, tools the authors analyze how the process of convergence/divergence has mapped spatially and whether it makes sense to talk about spatial regions in Mexico. Although the rich North-poor South dichotomy has dominated this phenomenon, interesting patterns emerge. Namely the distribution of growth after Mexico's post-liberalization seems to be much less associated with distance to the United States than the authors had initially expected.
“Aroca, Patricio; Bosch, Mariano; Maloney, William F.. 2005. Spatial Dimensions of Trade Liberalization and Economic Convergence: Mexico 1985-2002. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 3744. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/40abdbe9-d40a-53b1-b8ec-c3d9edad964f License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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