Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 15 No. 1 (Winter 2001)


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Life Is Not Easy: Mexico's Quest for Stability and Growth

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Lustig, Nora. 2001. "Life Is Not Easy: Mexico's Quest for Stability and Growth." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(1): 85-106.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.15.1.85


In the wake of the debt crisis in 1982, Mexico adopted far reaching reforms but growth and stability remained elusive for many years. At present, the reforms and NAFTA seem to be finally paying off: inflation for 2000 is close to 10 percent and output per capita grew at an average of 5.4 percent during the last five years. However, altogether output per capita was only 9 percent higher in 1999 than in 1980, a great disappointment for particularly the 20 million Mexicans that live on less than $2 a day.

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Lustig, Nora (Inter-American Development Bank and Brookings Institution)

JEL Classifications

O19: International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
O53: Economywide Country Studies: Asia including Middle East
O47: Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
O15: Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
I32: Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
F14: Country and Industry Studies of Trade


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