US-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

New Report by North American Research Partnership, with Support from USAID Mexico and Others

Published Saturday, February 14, 2015

If you are involved in trade between the US and Mexico, and in particular if you are in the border states, this report sheds light on the evolving economy along the border.

The North American Research Partnership (NARP) has held a series of U.S.-Mexico Regional Economic Competitiveness Forums. The events were held with USAID Mexico, the Council of State Governments West, the Border Legislative Conference (BLC), the Mexico Institute/Woodrow Wilson Center, and several members of the Congressional Border Caucus.

Work remains on building a solid economy for the region’s residents.

Read the report here: The U.S.- Mexico Border Economy in Transition 

The report lays out the major issues involved in border region economic development, compiles the many innovative ideas developed at regional 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

Border region stakeholders were involved in the process to generate a shared vision and policy recommendations to strengthen economic competitiveness, NARP traveled to San Diego/Tijuana, Nogales/Nogales, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, and Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. Read more about those forums at the link below.

Executive summaries of the four forums can be found here.