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Empirical Economics

, Volume 56, Issue 5, pp 1683–1705 | Cite as

Mexico’s inter-regional inequality: a convergent process?

  • Alfonso Mendoza-Velázquez
  • Daniel Ventosa-SantaulàriaEmail author
  • Vicente Germán-Soto
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Abstract

Using a recently proposed Euclidian measure to quantify inter-regional inequality in per capita GSP (gross state product), we study the convergence among Mexican states during the 1940–2010 period. In ten cases, we find that GSP inequality diverges while the rest of the states’ GSP inequality can be described as the following catching-up or lagging behind processes. For the later processes, we also find evidence of structural breaks. The shifts in the evolution of regional inequality in Mexico for various cases coincide with two distinct periods: the “Mexican Miracle” phase and the “oil/debt crisis” phase.

Keywords

Inter-regional inequality Euclidean inequality measure Mexico Unit roots Deterministic trends Structural breaks 

JEL Classification

O10 O40 R1 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank the efficient research assistance of Luis Arturo Medina Roa, Miguel A. García-Flores at CIIE-UPAEP, and Guillermo Verduzco Bustos at CIDE.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfonso Mendoza-Velázquez
    • 1
  • Daniel Ventosa-Santaulària
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vicente Germán-Soto
    • 3
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación e Inteligencia Económica (CIIE)PueblaMexico
  2. 2.Centro de Investigación Económica (CIDE)MexicoMexico
  3. 3.Facultad de EconomíaUniversidad Autónoma de CoahuilaSaltilloMexico

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