Economy and Trade

A Burgeoning Middle Class, A Rising Middle Power

by Editors

Contrary to 20th century Mexican politics, leaders are embracing the importance of a large and economically prosperous middle class for Mexico’s political, economic and social stability.  

Mexico: A Middle Class Society – Poor No More, Developed Not Yet

Inspired by Felipe Calderon’s successful 2006 presidential campaign when, for the first time in Mexican politics, a candidate embraced the notion that Mexico is a middle class nation and appealed to this constituency, this book expands on an argument first made by the authors in a provocative 2010 article in Nexos magazine. De la Calle and Rubio argue that Mexico has become a middle class society and this dynamic, while still at a precarious stage, has transformed Mexico, and that there is nothing more important to Mexico’s development and stability in the future than expanding and strengthening its middle class.

Inspirado por el éxito de la campaña presidencial de Felipe Calderón en el 2006, cuando por primera vez en la historia de la política Mexicana un candidato abraza la noción de que el país es una nación conformada por clase media y recurrió a este sector electoral en su campaña, este libro usa un argumento que fue primero hecho por los autores de un provocativo artículo de la revista Nexos. De la Calle y Rubio argumentan que México se ha convertido en una sociedad de clase media y que esta dinámica, aunque apenas naciendo, ha transformado a México, y que lo más importante para el desarrollo y estabilidad de México en el futuro es expandir y reforzar esta clase media.

Please click the following link to read Mexico: A Middle Class Society – Poor No More, Developed Not Yet, a study published by Luis de la Calle and Luis Rubio for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar’s Mexico Institute



Clases Medias en México

Este análisis publicado por el INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía) en junio de 2013 estima que la clase media en México comprende aproximadamente el 39% de la población, con una tasa de crecimiento del 4% entre el 2000 y el 2010. El estudio se basa en los patrones de gasto y reportes de ingresos y egresos familiares, que consideran 17 variables para estimar el tamaño de la clase media – como gasto en educación, número de computadoras por casa y uso de tarjetas de crédito.

Published by the Mexican National Statistics and Geography Institute (INEGI) in June 2013, this report estimates the Mexican middle class comprises roughly 39 percent of the population, with a growth rate of 4 percent between 2000 and 2010.  The study relies on INGEI’s annual household income and spending surveys to highlight 17 variables through which the size of the middle class is estimated, such as spending on education, the number of computers, and the use of credit cards.

Please click the following link to read Clases Medias en Méxicoa provisional study undertaken by INEGI, Mexico’s statistics institute



The U.S.-Mexico Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there.


Each short essay is coupled with suggested background readings for those interested in a more detailed understanding of the issue at hand.  And as an electronic publication, both the essays and their associated resource pages are updated as needed to keep the information and analysis fresh.

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