Mexico News

Raising Mexico's minimum wage

Aug 27, 2014
A debate has recently emerged regarding the issue of raising Mexico’s minimum wage. Proponents call attention to the fact that the minimum wage is much lower than other countries in Latin America. Others fear an increase in the minimum wage would spark inflation and warn that this debate is used as a distraction from the real issue of increasing productivity.

Mexico’s Energy Reforms Become Law

Aug 15, 2014
On August 11, 2014, President Peña Nieto signed into law the 21 component parts of a comprehensive energy reform. Eight months after introducing constitutional amendments to radically transform Mexico’s hydrocarbon and electricity sectors, private investors and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) can leave the starting gate. Read the latest article by Diana Negroponte, a member of Mexico Institute's Advisory Council

Mexico's Energy Reform: The Timeline

Aug 14, 2014
The Mexico Institute charts the course of the energy reform beginning in 2012, when Enrique Peña Nieto, then-Candidate for the Mexican Presidency, made the commitment to reform the energy sector by 2015. The end goal of this reform is to make the energy industry more competitive and to drive Mexico’s economic growth

Mexico’s Energy Reform: entering the final phase - The Expert Take

Aug 13, 2014
On Monday August 11, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto enacted the secondary legislation of the energy reform, composed of 9 new laws and amendments to 12 existing ones. With this action, a new chapter in the economic development of Mexico begins in which the private sector will be allowed to invest in various areas related to the exploration for and exploitation of natural resources such as oil and gas.

Energy Reform Series - The Expert Take

Aug 13, 2014
Read two articles and a timeline about Mexico's Energy Reform. First, a piece written by Jesús Reyes Heroles on energy reform and democracy. Second, Pedro Valenzuela and Duncan Wood assess the energy reform and its process following the enactment of the secondary legislation.

Energy Reform and Democracy - The Expert Take

Aug 13, 2014
Despite its technical complexity and the political differences associated with the energy reform, the process that has been carried out to materialize it is unprecedented in Mexico. The constitutional reform, absolutely necessary to detonate real and profound change, achieved its goal, but it unfortunately left pending the “pulling out” of Pemex and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) from the Expenditure Budget of the Federation (PEF), which would have taken away the regulatory and normative straightjacket that represents a competitive disadvantage.

Why child migrants head to the US

Aug 05, 2014
Program Director Cynthia J. Arnson is quoted in this article explaining why the dangerous journey north outweighs the risks of staying behind.

Mexico Ascendant: How to Grow Cross-Border Trade

Aug 05, 2014
Mexico Ascendant: How to Grow Cross-Border Trade, is one of several conferences in The Economist’s "Trade Horizons" series and will examine how US companies can best leverage the $507 billion import-export market with Mexico.

Mexico is weak link to cross-border immigration enforcement

Aug 04, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric L. Olson is quoted in The Washington Post about how the lack of security on the freight trains, known as "The Beast", is one of the most obvious issues that must be tackled in order to enforce Mexico's role as a transit country.

Border Crisis

Jul 28, 2014
Associate Program Director Eric L.Olson is quoted about the extent to which money will be used efficiently in the U.S. plan to deter unaccompanied minors from continuing to enter the U.S.

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