Cafecito:  “The New Land of Opportunity?: Mexico’s Paradox of a Growing Economy Amidst Lackluster Competitiveness in Development”

In light of its increasing economic prowess in the global scene, Mexico still struggles with a range of development issues. These issues span the realm of infrastructure and labor, partially due to a weak regulatory government. We will raise a broader conversation on how the perception of “land of opportunity” is a paradoxical reality for much of Latin America.

Mexico, as other countries in the region, attract enormous foreign investment and social capital through rising immigration (from the U.S., Asia, other Latin American countries, and elsewhere), while remaining incredibly conducive to the underdevelopment of other sectors of its economy. For a developing nation, does economic development and foreign investment come at the expense of disinvestment in development issues for its citizenry?

Articles of Note:

“Mexico: Development and Democracy at a Crossroads,” Council on Foreign Relations, February 2011

http://www.cfr.org/mexico/mexico-development-democracy-crossroads/p24089

“For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity is Mexico,” The New York Times, 09/21/13

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/world/americas/for-migrants-new-land-of-opportunity-is-mexico.html?_r=0

"Mexico's New Arrivals Mix Praise and Criticism," The New York Times, 09/29/2013

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/world/americas/mexicos-expatriates-mix-praise-and-criticism.html?ref=americas