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The New People of Los Angeles vs. the Old Mexicans, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
Aerial pictures of new developments in Mexico look nuts: an insane density of 800 square foot mini-houses that would have been cheaper to build as apartment buildings. But Mexicans don’t like sharing a wall with other Mexicans. Castaneda points out that South American cities tend to have high rises and public transport because immigrants from Spain and Italy didn’t mind living that way, but Mexico has single family house sprawl and traffic jams because Mexicans want to live like Texans.
Mexico  Immigration  real-estate  Sailer 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
AMLO’s Money Guy Sends Message to Anxious Wall Street Crowd - Bloomberg
Lopez Obrador has been mending fences with investors after sending the peso into a tailspin in late October when he said he’d cancel a $13 billion airport already under construction. The peso has now fully recovered from that rout thanks to a 2019 budget widely regarded as prudent, if not somewhat optimistic, and a deal struck with bondholders of the cancelled airport project.
AMLO  Mexico  bloomberg 
january 2019 by HispanicPundit
Citas SRE
Where to make appointments for Mexico Embassy.
Mexico  personal 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
How dangerous was the Mexican-American War for American soldiers? - Marginal REVOLUTION
The Mexican War of 1846-1848, largely forgotten today, was the second costliest war in American history in terms of the p ercentage of soldiers who died.  Of the 78, 718 American soldiers who served, 13, 283 died, constituting a casualty rate of 16.87 percent.  By comparison, the casualty rate was 2.5 percent in World War I and World War II, 0.1 percent in Korea and Vietnam [TC: you’ll find better but still lower estimates here], and 21 percent for the Civil War.
Mexico  wars  History  Cowen 
september 2018 by HispanicPundit
Drought May Hold Secret to Mysterious Maya Collapse - D-brief
Now, a new study lends a little more weight to the drought hypothesis. It shows that rainfall during the end of the Maya Classic period, the time of their collapse, was roughly cut in half. That would have been a huge loss for a society largely dependent on agriculture. Coping with a drought of this magnitude would be difficult today. And for the Maya, who relied on a complex network of canals and reservoirs to sustain their crops, it could well have been deadly.
natives  Maya  Mexico  discovermagazine 
august 2018 by HispanicPundit
Former shot-caller is now spilling gang's secrets - Page 2 - latimes
A network of families related by birth and marriage cemented the gang. They hail from Tlalchapa, Guerrero, a town in a violent region several hours west of Mexico City.

Real's mother, Maria Leon, an illegal immigrant from Tlalchapa, had 14 children on Drew Street, including 10 sons, with four men, he said. She had sold drugs there since the late 1980s, Real said, as did his uncles, aunts, cousins and stepfathers. He and his brothers each joined the gang as they entered their teens.
gangs  Immigration  LosAngeles  Mexico  guerrero 
june 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why Guillermo del Toro never visited his native Mexico for 17 years, by Steve Sailer - The Unz Review
Something else troubling was happening, though, as del Toro was shooting the sci-fi horror film. His father, Federico del Toro, was kidnapped off of the streets of his Mexican hometown, Guadalajara, and held for ransom. del Toro had sunk all of his money into Mimic, and had no idea how he would get his father back home.
Mexico  crime  Sailer 
march 2018 by HispanicPundit
Why Mexico Struggles to Make Science Pay Off - Scientific American
Absent or antagonistic investors, maddening red tape and an antirisk business culture are why Mexico has one of the most profound brain drains in the world. Mexico sends more undergraduates and grad students to the U.S. than any Latin American country. But when talent goes abroad, there is a chance it will not come back.
Mexico  culture  business  scientificAm 
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
Control for street drug trade pushes Tijuana to grisly new record: 1,744 homicides - The San Diego Union-Tribune
As in past years, Tijuana’s homicides far outnumber those of the state’s other five municipalities. State figures for 2017 show 189 for Ensenada, 157 for Mexicali, 121 for Rosarito Beach and 68 for Tecate.
january 2018 by HispanicPundit
Lots of killing going on in Mexico
Around 55 percent of violence comes out of the same seven states, with more than 100 victims documented for torture before execution. 

The worst states have reportedly been: Guerrero, Veracruz, Guanajuato and Chihuahua. Guerrero rebounded with 24 percent violence, as homicides increased from 114 to 142. 
Mexico  AmericanThinker  crime 
december 2017 by HispanicPundit
15 Best Places to Visit in 2017
The bay on which the city of La Paz sits is home to more than 900 species of fish, including many that only exist in these waters — Jacques Cousteau once referred to the Sea of Cortez as the “Aquarium of the World” because of the wide range of biodiversity and profusion of marine life found here. You’ll be able to see many types of rays, rare sea turtles, an enormous seal colony, endangered Vaquita porpoises and the largest fish on earth, the whale shark, among other wildlife. This is one of the only places in the world where you can regularly swim with these gentle giants when they appear each year from October-February, though in truth, it’s just one of the extraordinary wildlife and diving experiences you can have here.
Mexico  vacations  TPG 
september 2017 by HispanicPundit
NYT Botches Mexico City’s Sinking Story
Meanwhile, there is no attention paid whatsoever to what is clearly going on here: the massive dysfunction bred over many decades by a profoundly corrupt and exploitative political culture. The Mexican elite isn’t even trying to govern its capital city with a minimum of care and attention. This is a much more serious problem for Mexico than climate change. For one thing, unless Mexico reforms its governance (and, frankly, it doesn’t seem to be getting very far), then it will remain unable to respond to its problems—and if climate change makes them worse it will only magnify the gap between what the Mexican government needs to do and what it actually can do.
Mexico  AmericanInterest 
march 2017 by HispanicPundit
Beaches That Should Be On Your Bucket List | Frugal Travel Guy
Playa del Amor, (Hidden Beach) Marietas Islands, Mexico

This spot is so special that you’ll almost wish it had never been discovered. Only accessible by going through a long water tunnel, it looks like something out of a fairy tale. With its vibrant blue waters and silky surf, it’s hard to believe that this watering hole was created by the Mexican military conducting bomb testing. But not to worry, it’s now a national park and you’ll have little more than the laughter of fellow sunbathers or the cry of a blue footed boobie to disturb your sun-induced slumber.
Mexico  travel  FrugalTravelGuy 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
Mexico wants to build a border wall with Central America to keep out illegal immigrants | Daily Mail Online
Mexicans are calling for the border wall to keep out Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans fleeing violence
Mexico  campaign2016 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Skip Napa and Visit Mexico’s Wine Country Instead - Vogue
On the hidden city of Valle De Guadalupe near Tijuana Mexico.
Mexico  Wine  Travel 
january 2017 by HispanicPundit
Mexico and China Are Very Different Trading Partners - Bloomberg View
Although China and Mexico both trade a lot with the U.S., and have both been running significant trade surpluses with the U.S. for decades, that's where the similarity ends. The China-U.S. trade relationship is spectacularly unbalanced, with a gap between goods exports and imports that exploded not long after China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and that, while it has subsided a bit since last year, is still of a scale never seen before "Chimerica" came into being.
China  Mexico  free-trade  trade-deficits  bloomberg  NAFTA 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
US Shale Gas Is Powering Mexico - The American Interest
Thanks to the American shale boom, Mexico is suddenly capable of weaning itself off of expensive LNG imports, and it’s working closely with the U.S. to build out the necessary pipeline infrastructure to unleash this glut of shale gas south of the border.
mexico  energy  oil  AmericanInterest 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
Mexico facts of the day - Marginal REVOLUTION
About 40 percent of the value of U.S. goods imports from Mexico was made up of goods originally exported from the U.S. to Mexico, four economists (three of them then employed at the U.S. International Trade Commission) found in 2010. The equivalent figure for imports from China was just 4.2 percent. In a 2014 report for the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Georgetown University’s Theodore Moran and Lindsay Oldenski found that a 10 percent increase in employment at the Mexican subsidiaries of U.S. corporations led to a 1.3 percent increase in employment and 4.1 percent increase in research and development spending back home.
Mexico  free-trade  cowen 
december 2016 by HispanicPundit
CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Is the Mediterranean the New Rio Grande?
Hanson and McIntosh argue that the differences in birthrates and economic prospects, along with existing historical and political ties, point toward the possibility of an ongoing and very large surge in migration from the Middle East and Africa to Europe in the decades ahead. Indeed, my guess is that their estimates could turn out to understate the pressures for migration to Europe. Access to information about how and when to migrate, and the ability to send money to others back in the source country, have dramatically increased. And while population growth rates have slowed in much of the world, the exceptions are mostly in Africa and the Middle East.
immigration  Mexico  muslims  Europe  timtaylor 
november 2016 by HispanicPundit
The Disillusionment of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Agents, Years After a Tijuana Cartel Bust - The Atlantic
Some of the others involved made out like, well, bandits. Ramón’s wife and other members of the family continued to live off the AFO’s drug money. According to Steve Duncan, David Barron’s brother-in-law—a man agents called “The Mailman” because he worked for the U.S. Postal Service—confessed to helping smuggle at least $200,000 back to the U.S. after Barron was killed. The Mailman went on to work for, of all places, U.S. Border Patrol. Boom Boom, the enforcer who had passed along the AFO radio frequencies, was paid $4 million. More than 100 people—AFO operatives and their family members—were relocated to the U.S. Some were paid for their cooperation and given housing, driver’s licenses, and work permits.
narcos  Mexico  AtlanticMonthly  drugs 
august 2016 by HispanicPundit
Fly to Mexico and the Caribbean from 2,500 Miles Each Way!
You can fly to places like Cancun, Montego Bay, Aruba, Costa Rica, and more for just 2,500 Spirit Airlines miles each way. Yup, it’s Spirit Airlines, but 2,500 miles is a whole lot fewer than 17,500 miles each way, especially when you start doing the math for a whole family.... Add to that fun math that the Spirit Airlines credit card awards 2x miles on all purchases, and you now have four airline tickets to Mexico or the Caribbean for as little as $10,000 in spending on that card
Mexico  Flights  Spirit 
july 2015 by HispanicPundit
The hidden cheap Caribbean, Mexico & Hawaii awards with Flying Blue | MileCards.com
And it has some good bargains year round on awards to parts of the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico, including: Aruba: 12,500 miles one way vs 17,500 miles with most programs Mexico: 12,500 miles one way vs 17,500 miles with most programs Puerto Rico: 12,500 miles one way vs 17,500 miles with most programs U.S. Virgin Islands: 12,500 miles one way vs 17,500 miles with most programs Hawaii: 15,000 miles one way vs 22,500 miles with most programs
FlyingBlue  AEMR  MileCards  Aruba  Mexico  puertorico  Hawaii 
june 2015 by HispanicPundit
Mexico: Why we must open up the oil sector - The Week
Besides North Korea, Mexico is the only country in the world that doesn’t allow foreign commercial partners in the oil industry—even communist Cuba does. That’s because the industry poses investment risks that only private companies can take. Pure nationalization of our oil hasn’t worked: At the turn of the 20th century, Mexico was a top oil producer, behind only the U.S. and Russia. But since the state nationalized production under Pemex in the 1930s, our oil industry has been “bankrupt and inefficient,” as “terrible corruption” has siphoned off funds that should go to exploration and infrastructure.
Mexico  oil  TheWeek 
december 2013 by HispanicPundit
The importance of mobile Mexican labor
You can think of the mobile Mexican labor as providing risk insurance for low-skilled labor markets. It is a further interesting question what this result implies for the aggregate impact of immigration on low-skilled wages, but I don’t see that there is a ready answer a priori, at least not based on the results of this paper. The local geographic swings could be significant, while the aggregate impact could be either high or low.
labor  Mexico  cowen  immigration  sidebar 
august 2013 by HispanicPundit
Mexico's president on dangerous ground as he pushes Pemex reform - latimes.com
The seizure of foreign oil companies 75 years ago that created the company is a cause for annual celebrations affirming Mexico's fierce sense of independence from outside interference. Yet even as the country's new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, credits Pemex with building the nation, his administration acknowledges that the notoriously inefficient conglomerate is in trouble: If it is not opened to private and foreign investment, Mexico, the world's ninth-largest oil producer, will become a net energy importer by 2020, officials say.
globalization  Mexico  sidebar  oil 
august 2013 by HispanicPundit
CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Mexico's Sluggish Economic Progress
The underlying story in Mexico seems to be that of an economy which has opened dramatically to international trade, but hasn't run into two problems. One is competition from China. The authors quote Gordon Hanson to the effect that Mexico has the misfortune of "producing what China produces and not what China buys." But China's competitive challenge to Mexico appears to be diminishing as wages in China increase dramatically.
timtaylor  Mexico  economic-growth  sidebar  china 
july 2013 by HispanicPundit
U.S. Natural Gas Boom Poised to Generate Manufacturing Rennaissance—in Mexico
They say that "[a] tipping point was reached in 2012, when average manufacturing costs in Mexico, adjusted for productivity, dropped below those of China." In other words, rising real wages for Chinese manufacturing workers mean that unit labor costs in Mexico are now just as low. Meanwhile, thanks to NAFTA and geography, it's much cheaper to export American natural gas to Mexico than to ship it to Asia through LNG ports. So right now "electricity costs are around 4 percent lower in Mexico than in China, for example, while the average price of industrial natural gas is 63 percent lower." Add to that the fact that Mexico has an advantageous location in terms of shipping products to American and Canadian consumers and the logic looks pretty compelling—Mexico is going to be the factory location of choice for many companies.
manufacturing  Mexico  yglesias  sidebar  NAFTA  natural-gas 
july 2013 by HispanicPundit
Why Nations Fail in Mexico - Why Nations Fail - Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of all of this seems to be that the teacher’s union controls the hiring and training of teachers. One result is that Mexico has a terrible education system. Peña Nieto’s response to this obstacle was have La Maestra arrested for charges of embezzlement. Another priority was to completely re-vamp telecommunications regulation with serious attempts to increase competition and challenge Slim’s monopoly. The statements of the Finance Minister Luis Videgaray show clearly that the government understands the connection: less extractive economic institutions, faster economic growth and less inequality in Mexico.
Acemoglu  unions  Mexico  sidebar 
april 2013 by HispanicPundit
The Warrior State | VICE
“We’ve been here for a month and 18 days and that speaks for itself,” Gonzalo said. “Since we started, there hasn’t been a single kidnapping, murder, or rape. There are no extortions, and no one is charging money for protection. These are the results we are getting.” Gonzalo explained that they had set up community police groups in many towns that now controlled 95 percent of the communities in the Ayutla municipality. Their jurisdiction spreads across Tecoanapa and the municipalities of San Marcos, Cruz Grande, Copala, and Cuautepec. “This is growing,” he said. “Every day more towns are joining this community system.”
crime  mexico  sidebar 
april 2013 by HispanicPundit
Trade: Mexico rising | The Economist
Conveniently, the most recent issue of The Economist features a special report on Mexico, which includes a long look at the country's promising economy. The changing dynamics of global market potential are indeed part of the story:
sidebar  economist  mexico 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Outgoing Mexican President Heading to Harvard | Fox News Latino
He also oversaw steady economic growth after a 2009 slump linked to the global economic crash, and the Kennedy School praised Calderón for free-market policies that boosted the economy.
sidebar  mexico 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Mexico and the United States: The rise of Mexico | The Economist
And Mexico itself is more than the bloody appendix of American imaginations. In terms of GDP it ranks just ahead of South Korea. In 2011 the Mexican economy grew faster than Brazil’s—and will do so again in 2012.
sidebar  economist  mexico 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Mexico facts of the day
Six years ago, Mexico was the world’s ninth largest exporter of cars. Today the country is ranked fourth—behind Germany, Japan and South Korea—with exports expected to total more than 2.14 million vehicles this year.

One in 10 cars sold last year in the U.S. was made in Mexico. Next year, every new taxi in New York’s fleet—made by Nissan Motor Co.  —will carry the “Hecho en Mexico” label. Mexico is now exporting vehicles to China, and even helped Japan keep up with orders after last year’s tsunami.
sidebar  cowen  mexico 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Net Immigration from Mexico Stops -- or Turns Negative?
In short, Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s was demographically top-heavy with teenagers and young adults from large families living in a country with a weak economy and limited prospects for education and health care, right next to a much richer country with a weakly enforced border. A flood of immigration followed. Now, Mexico is on average older, with smaller families, and the prospects for education, health, and finding economic opportunity in Mexico are notably better. Enforcement at the border and within the U.S. economy have ramped up considerably. In that situation, a large resurgence of immigration from Mexico seems unlikely.
mexico  immigration  timtaylor  sidebar 
april 2012 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Inequality in California
The good news: the latest Hispanics youths are learning English, they aren't committing as many crimes as their predecessors, and aren't very politically ambitious on the whole. The bad news: they aren't studying very hard, aren't showing much in the way of smarts, aren't starting many businesses, aren't participating much in Silicon Valley, are voting steadily Democratic, are using a fair amount of welfare, aren't generating all that much tax revenue, aren't getting married, and so forth and so on.
majors  welfare  sidebar  sailer  usa  hispanic  mexico  immigration 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Mexican mediocrity quantified
Something I noticed last year when looking at 2009 PISA school achievement scores is the virtual non-existence of Mexico's intellectual elite. Mexico's average scores on this school achievement test of 15-year-olds were mediocre, but the lack of high end scores was startling, compared to a similar scoring country like Turkey, where there is a definite class of very smart Turks. Obviously, there is a stunning shortage of very high-achieving Mexican Americans in the U.S., but I had tended to assume that the really smart guys who run things in Mexico were just foisting off their mediocre people on the U.S. Yet, it's hard to find test score evidence that there are many really smart guys in Mexico at all. This is not to say the average Mexican is all that uneducated by global standards, just that the far right end of the bell curve in Mexico is a lot thinner than you'd expect.
mexico  iq  sailer  sidebar 
december 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Value of the Right of Legal Entry Into the U.S., Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The overwhelming majority of people the U.S. deports are from Latin America.  Since they're low-skilled, it's almost impossible for them to legally immigrate unless they already have close relatives in the U.S.  More shockingly, though, it's almost impossible for low-skilled Latin Americans to get legal permission even to visit the United States.  Here's how the U.S. State Department explains its approach:
immigration  caplan  sidebar  mexico 
august 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Great Factor-Price Equalization, Again, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
Again, I want to suggest that there is a connection between this trend and the stagnation of median incomes in the United States, and even to the decade-long drop-off in employment here. New patterns of trade are developing that are reducing the advantage that a person enjoys merely for being located in the United States. There still are advantages, as evidenced by the excess supply of people who wish to immigrate herte. However, the Great Factor Price Equalization is underway, thanks to the fall of Communism, the rise of the Internet, and sporadic progress in institutional development in the emerging-market countries.
brentonwoods  poverty  economic-growth  india  china  mexico  globalization  rodrik  timtaylor  kling  sidebar 
july 2011 by HispanicPundit
CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Will Emerging Economies Dominate the World Economy?
This change represents a remarkable shuffling of the economies of the world. To get a sense of the change, compare the rank order of the economies of the world in 2009 and 2050.  In 2009, the U.S. is the world's largest economy. By 2050, U.S. economy will be about 2.5 times as large--and is projected to be in third place in absolute size, behind China and  India.  What other countries move up the rankings notably by 2050? Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey, Nigeria, and Vietnam. To my 20th century mindset, some of those countries just don't seem like global economic heavyweights. Time to start adjusting my mind to the coming realities.
brentonwoods  poverty  china  india  mexico  economic-growth  timtaylor  sidebar 
july 2011 by HispanicPundit
For Mexicans Looking North, a New Calculus Favors Home - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause: unheralded changes in Mexico that have made staying home more attractive.

A growing body of evidence suggests that a mix of developments — expanding economic and educational opportunities, rising border crime and shrinking families — are suppressing illegal traffic as much as economic slowdowns or immigrant crackdowns in the United States.
mexico  immigration  imf  wages  newyorktimes  sidebar 
july 2011 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: PISA and Mexico
The really striking thing about Mexico's performance on the 2009 PISA school achievement tests is the lack of very high scorers. For example, on reading, 9.9% of Americans score at the 5th level or 6th level on a 0 to 6 scale. In contrast, only 0.4% of Mexicans score that high. That's really bad.
mexico  iq  sailer  sidebar 
may 2011 by HispanicPundit
Mexicans Work the Longest Hours - NYTimes.com
According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, people in Mexico spend more hours of their day working than the people of any other country.
mexico  labor  leisure  world  usa  economix  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Director's Blog » Blog Archive » Migrants’ Remittances and Related Economic Flows
Migrants’ remittances—payments sent by foreign-born workers back to their home country—have become a significant source of monetary inflows for many countries. As one of the most important destinations of global migration, the United States is the single largest national source of remittances. The flow of remittances can affect economic growth, labor markets, poverty rates, and future migration rates in the United States as well as in recipient countries.
immigration  poverty  foreignaid  mexico  remittances  CBO  sidebar  world 
february 2011 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: The 19th century was truly bad for Mexico and for Mexicans
From an international perspective, Mexicans' height in the mid-eighteenth century was "not too short"...The declining trend over the second half of the eighteenth century was nothin exceptional in international perspective either. The early nineteenth century, however, was a watershed as the trends diverged: height recovered or stagnated in France, Spain, and other countries, but it continued to decline in Mexico: by the 1830s, Mexicans had finally become "too short." ...I have proposed that population growth, and more frequent El Niño events, and real grain prices reduced the availability of food and had a likely detrimental effect on living standards.
mexico  poverty  books  cowen  sidebar 
january 2011 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Study Chinese or Spanish?
I would endorse Spanish as the most reasonable choice for fulfilling a mandatory foreign language requirement, but I think English is becoming so globally dominant that we should probably reconsider whether we should have mandatory foreign language requirements at all. (If we should, then we ought to start them in elementary school, not after puberty when the language learning capability starts to shut down.)
english  mexico  sailer  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Mexico fact of the day
Until the mid-1990s, Mexico spent just 0.008% of annual economic output on law enforcement, among the lowest rates in the world. The average officer earns $500 a month, or about half the average per-capita income in Mexico. Seven of 10 finished only primary school. More than 400 municipalities have no local police at all.
mexico  crime  cowen  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
18th century wetbacks
How they viewed the Germans like they view Mexicans now.
immigration  mexico  germany  easterly  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
El Oso » Archive » Mexico’s SB-1070
"In Mexico operations against undocumented immigrants across the country who are classified in a discriminatory manner by having “Central American features” are common. They are persecuted, harassed and, if even if they are Mexican but have a strange accent different from that of the center of the country, they are classified as “non-Mexicans.”"
mexico  arizona  immigration  Oso  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: "Why isn't Mexico rich?"
"The comments are relatively interesting. I would add that it's worth looking at areas in the U.S. with a traditionally Hispanic dominant population, such as parts of the upper and lower Rio Grande Valley as a test of the institutionalist explanations. They tend to be much richer than Mexico, but much poorer than the rest of the U.S., thus showing the institutionalist theory's glass is part full and part empty."
mexico  nafta  poverty  freakonomics  sailer  sidebar 
november 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why Isn't Mexico Rich? - NYTimes.com
Over the last three decades, Mexico has aggressively reformed its economy, opening to foreign trade and investment, achieving fiscal discipline, and privatizing state-owned enterprises. Despite these efforts, the country’s economic growth has been lackluster, trailing that of many other developing nations. In this paper, I review arguments for why Mexico hasn’t sustained higher rates of economic growth. The most prominent suggest that some combination of poorly functioning credit markets, distortions in the supply of non-traded inputs, and perverse incentives for informality creates a drag on productivity growth. These are factors internal to Mexico. One possible external factor is that the country has the bad luck of exporting goods that China sells, rather than goods that China buys. I assess evidence from recent literature on these arguments and suggest directions for future research.
mexico  nafta  freakonomics  sidebar 
november 2010 by HispanicPundit
Inductivist: Mexican Americans are least politically active
"Jews and Asian Indians--two smart and economically successful groups--are the most politically active, while Italian and Mexican Americans are at the bottom. Historically, these two groups have been apathetic about politics. Notice how American Muslims are low on the list. Currently, they don't seem to be very political."
voting  race  hispanic  jews  mexico  immigration  inductivist  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
Why Birthright Citizenship Creates Resistance to Immigration
"My guess is many Americans would have less of an objection to the presence of Mexican immigrants, authorized or unauthorized, on American soil if that presence did not tend to create so many new citizens and thereby so many new claims. Right-wingers constantly say they wouldn’t mind higher levels of immigration if it wasn’t for the welfare state. Some of these people are just rationalizing their xenophobia, but I think most of them mean it. I’m just taking the logic of that claim seriously, and I think the experience of other countries shows that there’s something to it."
immigration  mexico  constitution  yglesias  wilkinson  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Mexico fact of the day
Today, four out of ten married Mexican women are sterilised, a radical measure that partly reflects the continuing lack of other contraception in some areas as well as strict laws against abortion everywhere but the capital.

Mexicans in the United States are now more fertile than Mexicans in Mexico
mexico  hispanic  immigration  cowen  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ezra Klein - American Exceptionalism
"The question is, "How high of a priority should the government place on global warming?" The scale goes from one to 10, with 10 being the highest priority. Americans gave it 4.71. By contrast, France said 8.03, and China offered up 8.86. Mexicans gave climate change above a nine."
globalwarming  france  mexico  europe  usa  polls  klein  sidebar 
august 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Case Against Libertarian Hispanophobia, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The argument for more immigration from Mexico - even though many Mexicans may eventually vote Democrat.
libertarianism  Democrats  immigration  mexico  hispanic  caplan  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog: Carlos Slim to bailout the NY Times?
Sailer lays out the probable incentive Carlos Slim has for bailing out the New York Times.
media  bias  mexico  sailer  sidebar 
january 2009 by HispanicPundit
Mexico plans huge Baja port for U.S. trade - Los Angeles Times
"President Calderon will open bidding for infrastructure contracts Thursday. The project is likely to transform the village of Punta Colonet."
Mexico  sidebar 
august 2008 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: The eleven best foods you aren't eating
"A good way to eat pumpkin seeds is to fry them with chopped tomatillos and chopped white onions and a few chiles, then Cuisinart the whole thing into a sauce and use it with the meat or vegetable of your choice. Tuna works well too, noting that a rural M
health  Mexico  cowen  sidebar 
july 2008 by HispanicPundit
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