The area of economic competitiveness has acquired extra importance given the ongoing USMCA ratification process and review of regional economic relations. The Mexico Institute is undertaking research and developing policy ideas for the next stage of U.S.-Mexico economic relations, covering issues ranging from the implementation of the USMCA to innovation and educational exchange.
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The United States and Mexico have undergone an accelerated process of economic integration over the past three decades. Mexico is now the United States’ second largest trading partner, accounting for roughly one-sixth of all U.S. exports. The ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) creates a new opening for an economic integration agenda going beyond trade and investment. The Mexico Institute seeks to address the complexities that arise from North American economic integration and identify policies to promote sustained economic growth and equitable development in the USMCA-era.
Recent Publications on Economic Competitiveness
North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda
“North America 2.0: A Workforce Development Agenda,” by the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, details challenges the three countries face in preparing their labor forces for “The Future of Work” and proposes a framework for North America to move forward in addressing these issues.
Extortionomics and Ideas to Leverage the Digital Revolution
North America’s New Free Trade Agreement: Impacts on the North American Auto Sector
The new North American free trade agreement will have a substantial impact on vehicle manufacturers, their parts suppliers and their customers.
Unmasked: López Obrador & The End of Make-Believe
One year after Mexico's historic 2018 election and the victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Mexico Institute is honored to publish Luis Rubio's latest book on politics and governance in Mexico.
Growing Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico
This project explores the bilateral economic relationship in detail to understand its nature and its impact on the United States.
NAFTA/USMCA Resource Page
The Mexico Institute and the Canada Institute will provide up-to-date coverage as the USMCA ratification process progresses. We invite you to check back frequently for updates to this resource.
The U.S.-Mexico Border Industry Mapping Tool
This interactive map demonstrates the unique binational nature of the border- region economies between the US and Mexico and uses comparable data available on both sides of the border, employing a consistent approach to the length on the U.S.-Mexico border and allowing a comparative view of the unique strengths of each sub-region.
The Mexico Institute's Forbes Blog
The Mexico Institute, in partnership with Forbes, had an online forum on Forbes.com to publish content on U.S.-Mexico relations, including economics and competitiveness. This serves as an archive.