Tres trampas: sobre los orígenes de la crisis económica mexicana de 1994

Vol. 18 No. 4 (1998)

Oct-Dec / 1998
Published October 1, 1998

How to Cite

Mayer-Serra, Carlos Elizondo. 1998. “Tres Trampas: Sobre Los orígenes De La Crisis económica Mexicana De 1994”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 18 (4):623-43.

Tres trampas: sobre los orígenes de la crisis económica mexicana de 1994

Carlos Elizondo Mayer-Serra
Centro Investigación y Docencia Económicas – CIDE, México/MX.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 18 No. 4 (1998), Oct-Dec / 1998, Pages 623-643


ln ali developing countries facing economic reform there are política! and economic obstacles to such a radical change. ln the case ofMexico, however, during the Salinas administration ( 1988-94 ), a new economic crisis exploded after serious changes had taken place and the economy seemed to have stabilized and was prepared for continuous growth under a new development strategy. By the end of the six year presidential period, the old cycle of boom and bust returned. This article seeks to understand why has the Mexican economy ended in two of the last three presidential periods with an overvalued exchange rate, high deficits ofthe current account, unsustainable short term debt, anda financial crisis. The article focuses on the Salinas administration, but shows that a similar logic led to economic crisis in the Echeverría ( 1970-76) and López Portillo ( 1976-82) administrations. lt is argued that the 1994 crisis is the result of three traps: an international context which allowed a masive entrance of capital flows, the ideology ofthe state elite, and the incentives provided by the institutional framework. These three traps were also present in the previous two crisis.

JEL Classification: N26; E52; E58; F62.

Keywords: Currency crisis economic history of Mexico Mexican peso crisis