What is it about?

Given the recurring waves of recession and stagnation in Mexico in recent decades, this article discusses the cyclicality of regional disparities and it's relationship with long term economic evolución. In the long run, regional inequalities exhibit a U‐shape. Results also indicate that while the decrease in disparities during the most severe economic downturns in the neoliberal period is striking, there is no strong statistical support for the pro‐cyclical evolution of regional inequalities.

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Why is it important?

Long and short term evolución of regional disparities in any country is of particular interest for policy‐making wich seeks to address persisting territorial inequality.


Mexico has experienced long lasting large regional disparities with the South lagging behind and presenting higher poverty levels. Policies have failed to address acute territorial imbalances.

Alejandra Trejo-Nieto
El Colegio de Mexico

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This page is a summary of: Regional disparities in Mexico and the spatially cumulative effects of national development and economic cycles, 1940–2013, Regional Science Policy & Practice, August 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12311.
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