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Rodrigo Aguilera
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Rodrigo holds a BA in Economics from the Universidad de las Américas – Puebla (Mexico) and an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics (UK). Prior to joining the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2010, he worked for International Economics at Chatham House where he co-wrote various papers on the global economy during the crisis. He has also done development work in his home country, and macroeconomic consultancy for Oxford Analytica. Media experience includes interviews with international and regional news sources as well as EIU webinars. Rodrigo has contributed to various media outlets including, Financial Times, Associated Press and ABC news among others concerning the upcoming Mexican Presidential Election.

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On the Margins: Why Mexico's Southern States Have Fallen Behind

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 6:12 PM

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Between the recent data on poverty released by the CONEVAL, and an earlier Oxfam report on inequality, Mexico's progress on the socio-economic front has given little to brag about in recent years. According to CONEVAL,...

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Dispelling Mexico's Mid-Term Myths

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:24 PM

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It has been nearly two weeks now since the June 7th mid-term elections, which have set the stage for the next three years in Mexico's political scene. The elections thankfully provided numerous surprises, proving that not everything is set...

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Mexico's Midterm Elections: The Unanswered Questions

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 11:24 AM

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Mexico will be holding its mid-term elections on Sunday, June 7th, when all 500 seats in the Chamber of Deputies will be renewed and 17 out of Mexico's 31 states (plus the Federal District) will be voting for...

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Mexico's Foreign Investment Problem

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 6:48 PM

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Amid a recent flurry of announced investments in the booming Mexican auto sector (totaling no less than $3.5 billion USD between Ford and Toyota), a cold hard fact is increasingly impossible to ignore: overall foreign direct...

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Mexico's Human Rights Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:57 PM

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Mexico is facing significant domestic as well as international pressure over its record on human rights in recent years. The issue has come to the forefront following an investigation by the UN Special...

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Mexico's Drug War, Version 2.0

(10) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 12:41 PM

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The recent capture of two of Mexico's most wanted drug lords in the space of a week has been once again hailed as a major coup in the government's nearly decade-long drug war. However, many security experts as well...

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The Slow Suicide of Mexico's Left

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 8:28 AM

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Does Mexico's Left have a future? As the political scene moves closer to the 2015 mid-term elections, the shocking collapse in popular support for the country's main left-wing party -- the PRD -- is looking increasingly less like a...

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The Fiscal Risks of Low Oil Prices in Mexico

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:30 PM


The sharp decline in oil prices over the past few months has put oil-producing countries like Mexico in a difficult position. At the time of writing, the Mezcla Mexicana (Mexican Mix), which is normally priced lower than Brent or West Texas Intermediate, is...

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Democracy and the Mexican Disease

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:49 PM

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2015 marks an important anniversary in the Western world: it has been 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, one of the most important legal documents in history and which laid the foundations for the Anglo-Saxon...

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Mexico: Corruption at the Forefront

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:39 PM

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Mexicans are rightfully outraged at the extent to which corruption has been institutionalized in Mexico, and how it has exacted a toll on society that can be measured in everything from GDP to human lives. If the current...

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What If Peña Nieto Resigns? Scenarios for Government Change in Mexico

(18) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:52 PM

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Since the resignation of Pascual Ortiz Rubio in 1932, Mexico has enjoyed uninterrupted presidential continuity, a streak that is unmatched by any major political system in the Western Hemisphere (and possibly among the longest in the world). Over...

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How Peña Nieto's House of Cards Crumbled

(10) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:09 PM

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The speed in which the foreign media bubble surrounding Mexico's government has deflated in recent weeks has been stunning, although hardly surprising for those of us who suspected it was only a matter of time. Admittedly, even...

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The Mexican State's Delusion of Grandeur

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 12:29 PM

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The political crisis that Mexico is going through as a result of the tragic disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero on September 26th is without a doubt the most severe test yet for the government of...

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Mexico's Obsession with Football and Identity

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:28 PM

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Call it a curse. Call it bad luck. Blame it on the ref. For the sixth straight World Cup, Mexico crashed out in dramatic fashion in the Round of 16, leaving Mexicans bewildered at its national team's chronic inability...

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Costa Rica: Life after Intel

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:05 AM

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The recent decision by Intel to close its microprocessor assembly plant in Costa Rica has caused quite a storm over the past few weeks, in some ways souring the jubilant electoral victory of Luis Guillermo Solís of the...

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Mexico: What If the Reforms Fail?

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:13 PM


The year is 2030. It has been 17 years since Mexico stunned even its staunchest pessimists by passing a series of landmark structural reforms designed to lift the country out of its historical lethargy and land it squarely within the ranks of the...

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Mexico in 1994 and 2014: When Modernity and Reality Clash

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 9:01 AM

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To many it might seem as distant memory but 20 years ago in January, a group of indigenous peasants known as the Zapatista Liberation Army (EZLN) led well-versed balaclava-wearing former philosophy teacher, rose up in arms in...

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Mexico: What to Expect in 2014

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:40 AM

After a year of unprecedented change, Mexico faces a post-reform landscape in 2014. Attention will focus on bringing the economy back to life after 2013's downturn, improving security after a number of glaring setbacks and ensuring that political stability is maintained, despite staunch opposition from numerous social groups that have...

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Mexico's Housing Bubble: From Boom to Bust

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 8:44 AM

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In contrast to the mass of high-rises that characterize the cityscapes of other major Latin American megacities like Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires, the first thing that will strike any first time visitor to Mexico City...

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The PRI's Pyrrhic Fiscal Victory

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 10:10 AM

It was perhaps too optimistic to think that Mr Peña Nieto would have had it easy: politics in Mexico never is. The surprising ease with which many of the PRI's reforms were negotiated and passed in Congress over the past year belied the fact that many entrenched interests were trampled...

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