Public Finances in the Metropolitan Areas of Mexico, Performance and Disparities
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This paper examines the performance and evolution of municipal public finances in metropolitan areas in Mexico in the period 1989-2014. From this exploration, we expect to identify the most important characteristics and problems of metropolitan public finances. Mexico is a highly-urbanized country with more than 70 percent of its population living in cities and this urbanization has taken place predominantly in metropolitan areas. The institutional and administrative structures require municipal governments to perform its functions and offer services autonomously, even if it belongs to a metropolitan area. In addition, the lack of intergovernmental coordination and the weak administrative capacity of local governments, especially the poorest and smallest ones, have negative impacts on the administration of metropolitan public finances in the country.