skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

While Middle Class In Latin America Rises; Mexican Growth Remains Slow

November 14, 2012 4:27 p.m.

A new report released by the World Bank shows overall improvement in the growth of the middle class in Latin America. But for Mexico, economic improvement remains slow.

Related Story: Middle Class In Latin America Rises, But Mexican Growth Remains Slow

Transcript:

This is a rush transcript created by a contractor for KPBS to improve accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Please refer to the media file as the formal record of this interview. Opinions expressed by guests during interviews reflect the guest’s individual views and do not necessarily represent those of KPBS staff, members or its sponsors.

HOST: A new report released by the World Bank shows overall improvement in the growth of the middle class in Latin America. But for Mexico, economic improvement remains slow.

----
TRT 1:04 (without host)

The report, entitled "Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class," was published Tuesday.

Overall, the outlook is positive. The number of people climbing out of poverty and into the middle class rose by 50 percent. Some economists are calling that a historic achievement.

But in Mexico, about 75% of the population did not improve their economic status. According to the Mexican officials, around 52 million people still live in poverty. That's almost half the population.

Luis Felipe Lopez Calva, one of the report's authors, says that the numbers must be taken in context.

"Mexico faces specific challenges that I would say are not particular to Mexico, but generally the region faces issues related to productivity and growth, to competitiveness," he says.

Economic growth in Mexico is forecasted by the World Bank to remain at 3.9% in 2012. It's expected to slow in 2013, decreasing to around 3.6%.

Just two other countries – Guatemala and Nicaragua- had less economic mobility than Mexico.

From Tijuana, I'm Erin Siegal.