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Getting Mexico to Grow with NAFTA: The World Bank’s Analysis

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October 2004, Mark Weisbrot, David Rosnick, and Dean Baker

Ten years after NAFTA went into effect, the World Bank reported that Mexico’s economic growth improved under the treaty.  This paper explores how the World Bank reached those conclusions and their subsequent revisions and shows that its methodology, when applied correctly, does not show that NAFTA increased Mexico’s growth.

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