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Complex stylized facts of the Mexican economy: a hirschmanian perspective (to attack the “fear of growing”, more and better)


  • Guerrero de Lizaldi Carlos

    () (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)


We elaborate some complex stylized facts related to the Mexican economy. The analyzed period runs from 1960 to 2013 with selected subperiods. Our main findings are: 1) there are involuntary idle capacities in the manufacturing industries; 2) the growth of the Mexican economy is not balanced but unbalanced; 3) there is an inflation-free environment. This fact is consistent with the previous ones; 4) there is a mixed of efficient and inefficient sequences of investment; 5) the stimulus of manufacturing exports on macroeconomic performance has been offset by its imports; 6) the deficits in manufacturing balance and in the current account have been financed without difficulty. Of course, this financing capacity constitutes a second best condition; 7) according to a backward linkages analysis, the towing capacity of manufacturing sector over the Mexican economy would be a larger one if the manufacturing imports penetration had not been so intense since the trade liberalization; and 8) the size of the positive effect of the manufacturing sector on the economy and on the non-manufacturing sectors diminished since the early eighties. Our complex stylized facts highlight the need for an upgrading of the current economic policies.

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  • Guerrero de Lizaldi Carlos, 2015. "Complex stylized facts of the Mexican economy: a hirschmanian perspective (to attack the “fear of growing”, more and better)," Contaduría y Administración, Accounting and Management, vol. 60(2), pages 291-325, abril-jun.
  • Handle: RePEc:nax:conyad:v:60:y:2015:i:2:p:291-325

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