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OECD Territorial Reviews: Puebla-Tlaxcala, Mexico 2013
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  21 Oct 2013
Pages: 236 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264203464 , OECD Code: 042013071E1
Price:   €42 | $58 | £37 | ¥5400 | MXN750
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Other languages:  Spanish (Available)
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Encompassing 39 municipalities in two states, Puebla-Tlaxcala is the fourth-largest metropolitan zone in Mexico. Over the past five decades, the region has successfully attracted major national and international firms, building its reputation as both a manufacturing hub specialising in auto production and one of Mexicoís most important centres of higher education. Yet it also faces important challenges. Compared to other large Mexican metropolitan zones, Puebla-Tlaxcala has a disproportionate share of individuals with low skills, which could represent a bottleneck to future growth. Urban sprawl is another challenge with important economic, environmental and social consequences. Puebla-Tlaxcala's urban footprint expanded nearly eight times faster than its population over the past three decades, contributing to inadequate service provision and high levels of social marginalisation, particularly in the metropolitan periphery. To ensure that the region remains competitive and grows sustainably over the long term, this review recommends (i) improving workforce and economic development outcomes, particularly by raising the level of low-skilled workers; (ii) guiding urban growth more effectively to tackle urban sprawl and improve serve delivery; (iii) and addressing governance challenges by building capacity in the public sector and transitioning to forms of metropolitan governance.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Chapter 1. Economic, urban and social challenges in Puebla-Tlaxcala
-Labour market characteristics and the business environment
-Human capital and innovation
-Urban and environmental challenges
-Social marginalisation
-Metropolitan challenges in need of metropolitan solutions
-Annex A1.1 Rates of informal employment in Mexico
Chapter 2. Policies for economic and workforce development in Puebla-Tlaxcala
The regionís dual assets: A centre for higher education and a manufacturing hub
-Thinking, and acting, regionally
-Raising the level of low-skilled workers
-Improving the business environment, particularly for small firms
Chapter 3. Policies to guide urban growth more effectively in Puebla-Tlaxcala
Making the case for urban sprawl in Puebla-Tlaxcala: What is the evidence?
-What are the causes of urban sprawl in Puebla-Tlaxcala?
-What are the consequences of sprawl for Puebla-Tlaxcala?
-What strategies could guide urban growth more effectively?
Chapter 4. Governing the Puebla-Tlaxcala metropolitan area
Building capacity in the public sector
-Metropolitan governance arrangements in Puebla-Tlaxcala
-Annex A4.1 Institutional mapping of Mexico's water sector

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