While the U.S.-Mexico border region is critical to the North American economy, much work remains on building a solid regional economy for the region’s residents. The U.S.- Mexico Border Economy in Transition lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at the 2014 U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness forums, and weaves them into a series of policy recommendations that draw on the experiences of those who understand the border best: the individuals who live in border communities and who cross back and forth between Mexico and the United States as a part of their daily lives.
Introduction: Christopher Wilson and Erik Lee
Chapter 1: The Architecture of U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Economic Cooperation: Key Actors and Tools – Erik Lee
Chapter 2: Binational Economic Development in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region – Erik Lee
Chapter 3: Optimizing Border Ports of Entry to Strengthen Regional Competitiveness-Infrastructure and Management – Christopher Wilson
Chapter 4: Human Capital in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region – Ruth Soberanes
Chapter 5: The Border Economy’s Energy Transitions – Rick Van Schoik
Background on the forums. Throughout 2014, the North American Research Partnership and the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars- together with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the Border Legislative Conference, and several members of the Congressional Border Caucus- held a series of four U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums. In order to engage border region stakeholders in a process to collectively generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness, we traveled to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. Executive summaries of the four forums can be found here.
El informe esta disponible en español: La Economía de la Frontera México-EEUU en Transición.