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Policies to Promote Growth and Economic Efficiency in Mexico

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  • Arias-Vazquez, Francisco Javier

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    (World Bank)

  • Azuara, Oliver

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    (Inter-American Development Bank)

  • Bernal, Pedro

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    (University of Chicago)

  • Heckman, James J.

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    (University of Chicago)

  • Villarreal, Cajeme

    ()
    (University of Chicago)

Abstract

This paper discusses the problems facing the Mexican economy. It operates under a heavy burden of monopoly and regulation. We focus on two issues that should receive more attention in discussions of Mexican policy. (1) The family is under stress in Mexico and this retards the growth of skills of workforce. (2) The informal sector is large, mostly due to the heavy burden of monopoly and regulation. We find little evidence that the introduction of social protection programs for workers outside the formal sector have promoted the growth of the informal sector.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4740.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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  1. Janina León, 2012. "Calificación y Seguridad Social de la Mano de Obra en México," Working Papers 0612, Universidad Iberoamericana, Department of Economics.
  2. Claudia Sánchez Vela & Jorge N. Valero Gil, 2013. "Incidencia económica de las políticas fiscal y laboral mexicanas," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 28(1), pages 109-163.
  3. Robert Blecker, 2014. "Structural Change, the Real Exchange Rate, and the Balance of Payments in Mexico, 1960-2012," Working Papers 2014-01, American University, Department of Economics.
  4. Robert A. Blecker & Carlos A. Ibarra, 2013. "Trade liberalization and the balance of payments constraint with intermediate imports: the case of Mexico revisited," Working Papers 2013-02, American University, Department of Economics.
  5. Gordon H. Hanson, 2010. "Why Isn't Mexico Rich?," NBER Working Papers 16470, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Azuara, Oliver & Marinescu, Ioana, 2011. "Informality and the expansion of social protection programs," MPRA Paper 35073, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Isidro Soloaga & Mariana Pereira, 2013. "Local Multipliers and the Informal Sector in Mexico 2000-2010," Working Papers 0513, Universidad Iberoamericana, Department of Economics.
  8. Richard M. Bird & Michael Smart, 2012. "Financing Social Expenditures in Developing Countries: Payroll or Value Added Taxes?," International Center for Public Policy Working Paper Series, at AYSPS, GSU paper1206, International Center for Public Policy, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.
  9. Azuara, Oliver, 2011. "Effect of universal health coverage on marriage, cohabitation and labor force participation," MPRA Paper 35074, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  10. Azuara, Oliver & Marinescu, Ioana, 2013. "Informality and the expansion of social protection programs: Evidence from Mexico," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 938-950.
  11. John P. Haisken-DeNew & Maren M. Michaelsen, 2011. "Migration Magnet: The Role of Work Experience in Rural-Urban Wage Diff erentials in Mexico," Ruhr Economic Papers 0263, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.

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