Understanding the Mexican Economy: A Social, Cultural, and Political Overview

Roy Boyd
Ohio University, USA

Maria Eugenia Ibarrarán
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

Roberto Vélez-Grajales
Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias, Mexico

Product Details
06 Nov 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
232 pages - 152 x 229mm


The Mexican economy is a contemporary political flashpoint, and not just in Mexico, but in the United States, as well. Yet few people understand it in its full complexity, and fewer still understand the social, cultural, and historical factors that have helped to make it what it is today and that will continue to affect its future.

In Understanding the Mexican Economy, Roy Boyd, Maria Eugenia Ibarrarán, and Roberto Vélez-Grajales offer a comprehensive overview of these factors. They provide a full, historical, economic, and political context through which to understand the actions of the people and government of Mexico, and they give insights into how those actions impinge -- and might continue to impinge -- on the United States. They conduct a wide-ranging examination of the Mexican economy and investigate the causes of persistent problems such as economic stagnation, high poverty levels, and emigration abroad. Stressing the critical role played by economic incentives as well as Mexico's geography and political institutions, they employ a number of modeling techniques, including a specially designed computer model, to discuss a variety of topics including international trade, regional inequality, the informal economy, natural resource extraction, Mexico's "war on drugs," and the economic impact of US trade and immigration policy on both Mexico and the US. 

For its comprehensive overview and the new insights it provides into these crucial and yet often tragically misunderstood issues, Understanding the Mexican Economy is essential reading not only for economists, but also for practitioners with a policy interest in Mexico, for students of Latin American studies, Development Studies, geography, and sociology, and for anyone with an interest in recent events and controversies around US-Mexican relations.
Chapter 1. A Brief History and Geographical Overview of Mexico 
Chapter 2. The Extraction of Natural Resources and Precious Metals 
Chapter 3. Shades and colors: The Demographic and Cultural Landscape 
Chapter 4. Long-term dynamics of Well-Being 
Chapter 5. Social mobility: The Result of Standing Inequalities 
Chapter 6. An Economic Model of Mexico (and the US) 
Chapter 7. Trade Policy: Liberalization and Protectionism 
Chapter 8. Energy Reform and Climate Change Policy 
Chapter 9. Economic Stagnation in Mexico and Immigration to the United States 
Chapter 10. Institutional Weakness and the Spread of Drugs and Violence Concluding Remarks
Roy Boyd is a Professor of Economics at Ohio University. He received his BA in economics from the University of New Mexico, and he received his MA and PhD in economics from Duke University. His areas of specialty include resource economics, international trade, and Computable General Equilibrium Modeling.

María E. Ibarrarán is the Director of the Xabier Gorostiaga Institute for Environmental Reseach at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. She obtained her Ph.D. in Geography and the M.A.in Energy and Environmental Studies from Boston University, as well as a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Roberto Vélez Grajalez is the executive director of Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias in Mexico City. He received his undergraduate training at UDLAP in Puebla and received doctoral training in Economic History at Oxford University. He has written extensively on the topics of human development and intergenerational social mobility.

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