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Mexico and the Globalization of Services: Outflanked Once Again?


  • Jessica E. Mullan

    () (Graduate Student, Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis)

  • Martin F. Kenney

    () (Professor, Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis)

  • Rafiq Dossani

    () (Senior Research Scholar; Executive Director, South Asia Initiative, Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University)


The newest wave of globalization is the offshoring of information technology, administrative and technical services (ITAS) from developed to developing countries. This article examines Mexico’s ability to take advantage of this opportunity, especially relative to India– the world’s largest outsourcing beneficiary. It also discusses the current ITAS market in Mexico, including its firms and structure. The current Mexican industry’s underdevelopment, the role of United States and Indian MNCs, the comparative strengths and weaknesses of Mexico in this environment, and Mexico’s experience with globalization based on manufacturing are explored and will be of particular interest to policymakers and the business community.

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  • Jessica E. Mullan & Martin F. Kenney & Rafiq Dossani, 2008. "Mexico and the Globalization of Services: Outflanked Once Again?," Economía Mexicana NUEVA ÉPOCA, , vol. 0(2), pages 171-202, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:emc:ecomex:v:17:y:2008:i:2:p:171-202

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    Mexico; offshoring; outsourcing; services; globalization.;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • L84 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Personal, Professional, and Business Services
    • O54 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Latin America; Caribbean


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