Dec 192010

According to a recent report released by the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (Instituto Mexicana para la Competitividad, IMCO), the five most competitive states in Mexico are:

  • Federal District (Mexico D.F.)
  • Nuevo León
  • Querétaro
  • Coahuila
  • Aguascalientes

These five states account for:

  • 65% of foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • 53% of patents
  • 49% of researchers
  • 31% of major corporations
  • 29% of national GDP

By comparison, the five least competitive states—the states of Mexico, Tabasco, Guerrero, Chiapas, Oaxaca— account for 4% of foreign direct investment (FDI), 9% of patents, 9% of researchers, 14% of major corporations and 17% of national GDP.

A national map and summary of the methodology behind these rankings is provided in an earlier post:

For full details of the study:

Mexico’s economy and workforce are analyzed in chapters 14 to 20 of Geo-Mexico: the geography and dynamics of modern Mexico. Ask your library to buy a copy of this handy reference guide to all aspects of Mexico’s geography today! Better yet, order your own copy, which will still arrive in time for Christmas…


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