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Title: Three Essays on the Impact of NAFTA on the Mexican Economy
Author: Noria, Gabriela Lopez
ISNI:       0000 0004 2669 7352
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis considers the impact of NAFTA on the Mexican economy primarily in relation to the perfomlance of the automobile indus.try (period 1993-2002), its impact on manuf;1cturing price cost margins (period 1994-2001) and its effect on inter-industry wage differentials (1994-2004). The first chapter describes Mexico's path to liberalization focusing on the trends of foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade flows in the post-NAFTA period. The second chapter studies the impact of trade on productivity and profitability of the Mexican automobile industry. The third chapter analyzes the dynamics of manufacturing price cost margins in the post-NAFTA period. The fourth chapter analyzes the effect of trade and FDI on inter-industry wage differentials. The main results of this thesis are: 1) productivity in the Mexican automobile industry did increase after NAFTA but this was due to the exiting of the least efficient firms from the industry. Furthermore, profitability in this industry decrease~ during the post NAFTA period. 2) NAFTA disciplined the Mexican manufacturing sector in the sense that price cost margins decreased gradually in the period under study. 3) Trade and FDI liberalization led to an increase in inter-industry wage differentials in the post NAFTA period.
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Qualification Name: Not available Qualification Level: Doctoral
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