The U.S.-Mexico Border: An Economy in Transition

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The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has released a new report, “The U.S.-Mexico Border economy in Transition.” The report provides insight into day to day life and commerce along the border, and provides a series of recommendations to strengthen competitiveness. In this episode of NOW, we spoke with Mexico Institute Senior Associate, Chris Wilson, to learn more about both the unique process behind the report and also about some of the best ideas emerging from the year-long project.

Christopher Wilson is the Senior Associate at the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he leads the Institute’s research and programming on regional economic integration and U.S.-Mexico border affairs. He is the author of Working Together: Economic Ties between the United States and Mexico (Wilson Center, 2011) and coauthor of the State of the Border Report (Wilson Center, 2013). Chris has testified before the United States Congress and is regularly consulted by national and international media outlets regarding U.S.-Mexico relations.


Luis Gomez says:

I feel that this is an extremely important topic since the economy on both sides of the border are in the billions of dollars, and this is with very poor infrastructure. If both countries improved the infrastructure there would be an economic boom benefiting both USA and Mexico. As time passes and globalization makes economies more interdependent, governments will need efficient methods to move raw and finished materials across these borders. I know that at the height of the drug violence there was a huge economic slump in the communities along the border.

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