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A MEASURE OF THE RELATIVE PROGRESS OF MEXICAN REGIONS

At the international level, there are tools such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index, designed to explain the relative progress of the Organization’s 34 member countries on issues such as social welfare and progress.

For the construction of this index, in addition to taking into account factors that have to do with material living conditions —housing, income and employment— are considered others related to quality of life – community life, education, environment, government , health, life satisfaction, safety, and balanced life – all of which are relevant for countries with the degree of development characteristic of most OECD members, but not so much for countries as Mexico, characterized by large Contrasts between the population that progresses and the one that lags behind.

In order to assess the progress of the latter, other factors, such as access to food, quality of nutrition, access to health services or basic urban services, among others, which are not fully satisfied . Considering all the above, we have designed the Index of Progress of Mexico, based on three main components:

  • Social welfare
  • The generation of wealth
  • Environmental Sustainability

Features and Benefits

By the way it is built:

  • Ensures a consistent vision at all levels, using the same indicators and variables, within a homogeneous conceptual framework
  • It allows starting from a panoramic view and descending to the detail of what is relevant to the one who uses it
  • It facilitates a simple ordering of similar entities in each and every one of the different components and factors of progress
  • It provides a solid context for analysis and decision making

The Index of Progress of Mexico can be used, inter alia, to:

  • Measure the performance —in terms of relative progress— of Mexican regions and states
  • Analyze the components and factors that explain the differences in relative progress of the entities compared
  • Identify the main limiting factors of such progress
  • To make a quick and simple balance of the relative progress of the entities compared
  • Identify and take advantage of opportunities for improvement and / or growth
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