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Consensus and dissension among Mexican economists

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Consensus and dissension among Mexican economists

Author: Urzúa, Carlos M. Physical Description: p. 155-167 Date: April 2007 ECLAC symbol: LC/G.2333-P

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This article identifies areas of agreement and disagreement among Mexican economists in relation to key issues of economics, on the basis of a survey of 360 members of the profession. The propositions eliciting the greatest consensus included: equity in income distribution, vigorous use of antitrust and consumer protection laws and the use of countercyclical fiscal policies. The most contentious issues were: private investment in the energy sector, the determinants of inflation, the minimum wage as a cause of unemployment and the objectives to be pursued by an independent central bank.