The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition


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

Read the entire report here.

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.

The report was made possible by generous support from USAID Mexico and the Council of State Governments West.

El informe esta disponible en español: La Economía de la Frontera México-EEUU en Transición.