Room for Improvement, Mexico edition

In 2012, the Council of Foreign Relations highlighted a new initiative called Mexico ¿cómo vamos? that was brought about by the collaboration of two leading think tanks in the country:  Mexico Evalúa and IMCO.  Here’s the CFR’s description of the project:

“The website lays out a perhaps surprising vision for Mexico: as a leading global economy. The website brings together some sixty economic and public policy experts from varying backgrounds to focus on where Mexico’s economy stands today and what it needs to do to achieve this ambitious future. Providing both raw data and expert analysis, the website identifies attainable goals in six critical areas (investment, competition, competitiveness, well-being, productivity, and exports), with the aim of expanding the middle class, reducing inequality, and promoting social inclusion.”


The site has all sorts of interesting data and is well worth checking out.

The following figure caught my eye and made me think that the answer to “como vamos?” (roughly, how are we doing?) is “room for improvement.”


The data is from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (or INEGI, in Spanish) and lists the percentage of respondents aged 18 and over that said they had stopped the following activities because of a fear of crime.  The numbers are really high and made me wonder what kind of coverage the survey had.  I’m guessing that these numbers would be very low in some regions and even higher in others.

For the non-Spanish speakers, the list in English is:

Using jewelry

Letting their young kids go out (presumably alone)

Going out at night

Carrying cash

Carrying a credit or debit card

Going for a walk

Visiting relatives and friends

Taking a taxi

Going to the movies or theater

Going out to eat

Going to a stadium

Taking the highway to visit another state or muncipality

Using public transportation

Going to shopping malls

Going to school