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Regional convergence, road infrastructure, and industrial diversity in Mexico


  • Duran-Fernandez, Roberto
  • Santos, Georgina


This paper presents a convergence analysis of productivity growth in the manufacturing sector in Mexico using regional data from the National Economic Census 1999 and 2004. The absolute convergence analysis indicates that regional productivity growth follows a slow convergence trajectory. However, a conditional convergence analysis indicates that current productivity gaps can be directly attributed to divergences in the industrial profile of the regional economy as well as to differences in infrastructure endowments. The results of the paper suggest that the productivity gaps which originated from the liberalisation reforms of the 1980s and 1990s will be exhausted in 25 years approximately. The innovation of this paper is the extension of a convergence analysis to the industrial sector. The use of regional data improves the details of the analysis and allows the identification of growth patterns that had not been previously identified. Finally, it applies innovative metrics to model the industrial profile of a region and the value of transport infrastructure.

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  • Duran-Fernandez, Roberto & Santos, Georgina, 2014. "Regional convergence, road infrastructure, and industrial diversity in Mexico," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 103-110.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:retrec:v:46:y:2014:i:c:p:103-110
    DOI: 10.1016/j.retrec.2014.09.007

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    1. Duran-Fernandez, Roberto, 2014. "Infrastructure policy in the USA–Mexico border: Evaluation and policy perspectives," Research in Transportation Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 70-102.


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