Fiscal Policies and Subnational Economic Growth in Mexico


  • Arwiphawee Srithongrung Wichita State University
  • Isaac Sánchez-Juárez Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez


This study investigates the effects of taxes and public investment on economic growth of Mexican states. The subnational government finance data were drawn from 32 states during the period of 1993 to 2011. Correcting for long-term trends and isolating cointegration effects between economic growth and public finance, the empirical results indicate that taxes have negative effect on growth and the effect can be seen in both transitory and permanent manners. As predicted by growth theory, the effects of public investment on subnational growth are statistically significant and positive in both short and long-runs. On the other hand, we find that educational accomplishment positively relates to growth; but only in the long-run. Foreign direct investment does not have any significant effect on subnational economic growth. In general, the results imply that an appropriate fiscal policy (equilibrium between public investment and taxes) is required to boost economic growth in this country.


Keywords: Mexico; economic growth; taxes; public investment; states.

JEL Classifications: O11; O23; O47; R11. 


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Author Biographies

Arwiphawee Srithongrung, Wichita State University

Associate Professor of Public Administration Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs

Isaac Sánchez-Juárez, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Full Time Professor of EconomicsDepartment of Social Sciences




How to Cite

Srithongrung, A., & Sánchez-Juárez, I. (2014). Fiscal Policies and Subnational Economic Growth in Mexico. International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, 5(1), 11–22. Retrieved from