Regional Economic Growth in Mexico: Recent Evolution and the Role of Governance

24 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: July 1, 2010


There has been substantial research in recent years examining the regional evolution of economic growth across states in Mexico -- with a particular focus on the post North American Free Trade Agreement period. There is also a vast literature using cross-country regressions to examine institutional determinants of economic growth, including government transparency, or "corruption," as a key institutional variable. This paper uses more recently available data for Mexican states to both update the general state convergence/divergence literature, and incorporate into the analysis more recently developed state level indicators of institutional factors related to government transparency. The authors do not find a systematic relationship between measures of government transparency and gross domestic product per capita growth in Mexico during 2001-2005; however, they do find that corruption is negatively associated with the level of state gross domestic product per capita. The contrasting results may imply that more years of data are necessary to be able to establish statistically significant relationships between state growth rates and measures of corruption.

Keywords: Governance Indicators, Achieving Shared Growth, Economic Theory & Research, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Political Economy

Suggested Citation

Weiss, Eli and Rosenblatt, David, Regional Economic Growth in Mexico: Recent Evolution and the Role of Governance (July 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5369, Available at SSRN:

Eli Weiss (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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David Rosenblatt

World Bank ( email )

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Washington, DC 20433
United States


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