Structural Adjustment in Mexico
By Carlos Heredia and Mary Purcell.
Development Group for Alternative Policies, 1995
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When the bottom fell out of the Mexican peso in December 1994, there was no shortage of
intense reaction. Mexico's new president, Ernesto Zedillo, blamed former president Carlos
Salinas for not devaluing the peso sooner. The World Bank insisted that the Mexican
government, whose economic program the Bank had praised just months earlier as a model for
other countries to emulate, had failed to implement the last few crucial reforms in its
free-market economic program. Later, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) insisted that
the economic collapse had been triggered by the selfish actions of Mexican investors.
In other countries in the hemisphere, the Mexican crisis led foreign investors to
panic. Many pulled out their capital, particularly from Argentina and Brazil, and put new
investments on hold. Constrictive economic measures taken in the former in order to induce
investors to return and to shore up financial institutions have led to protests in most
provincial capitals. But Argentina's precarious situation and popular unrest is not unique
in Latin America: this year alone, citizens have taken to the streets in opposition to
adjustment measures in Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and other nations,
most notably, of course, Mexico.
The cure prescribed for Mexico and the region's other destabilized economies by the
international financial institutions (IFIs) in the aftermath of this shock has been the
same medicine that they have taken for as long as a dozen years. It is a prescription that
has weakened them at their core and made them dangerously vulnerable to the whims of
international investors. Not only have the IFIs and the U.S. Treasury continued to demand
government adherence to stabilization and structural adjustment programs, they have
reacted to the current crisis by insisting on the more rapid and extensive implementation
of these programs and many of their key component measures.
Stabilization and adjustment programs work in tandem. Stabilization measures are
short-term actions designed to bring down inflation and help countries improve their
balance-of- payments situation. They often involve deep cuts in the money supply (e.g., by
restricting credit) and a large devaluation of the local currency. Stabilization is
usually followed by longer- term policy changes that together constitute "structural
Structural adjustment programs (SAPs), principally a policy tool of the World Bank, but
one also utilized by the IMF, other multilateral development banks (MDBs) and bilateral
aid agencies, generally entail the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the reduction
of government expenditures, and the liberalization of trade regimes. They are intended to
open the economy to increased foreign investment -- attracting foreign capital by
deregulating markets and offering low wages and high interest rates -- and to encourage
other private-sector activity, including the expanded production of goods for export.
Stabilization and adjustment programs pushed on countries badly in need of
international financing have, in some cases, helped to tame inflation and effect some
measure of economic growth, albeit usually uneven and unsustained. In almost all cases,
however, they have depressed wages, undermined rural livelihoods, increased poverty, and
further concentrated income. Nowhere have the polarization of society and the
unsustainability of this economic model been so vivid as in Mexico, which became overly
dependent on imports and foreign capital while sacrificing the development of its own
local productive capacity.
Yet, there have been even greater economic and social disasters in Latin America,
foremost in Nicaragua, which has suffered under a donor-financed adjustment program since
1990. Meanwhile, in the Andean countries, small farmers, squeezed by adjustment policies,
have turned to producing coca to survive. Even historically democratic and stable Costa
Rica has seen a steady deterioration of economic and social conditions during its dozen
years under adjustment. Poor women, workers, small farmers and businesspeople, and many in
the region's middle class, who have borne the consequences of the economic-reform
programs, were warning of growing economic and social polarization in their respective
countries as early as the mid-1980s.
By the '90s, investors and politicians in the region were also becoming increasingly
concerned about potential crises and instability in most Latin American nations.
Nonetheless, the World Bank, the IMF and Northern finance ministries have substantially
succeeded in preventing an examination of the relationship between economic adjustment
programs and the social and economic problems they have repeatedly left in their wake.
While additional social spending has once again been proposed as a means of mitigating the
effects of adjustment programs, the principal measures in the adjustment package -- trade
liberalization, privatization, deregulation, credit reduction, wage suppression -- are not
on the table for discussion in most official forums. Yet, to take effective action to
address the growing poverty, unemployment and disintegration of societies throughout the
Americas without a critical examination of the economic programs that have been in place
for a decade or more and without a serious exploration of policy options is clearly
Therefore, as part of the now broad-based citizen effort in the hemisphere to highlight
this ever-deepening economic and social crisis that is characterizing the last years of
the 20th century, we offer the following brief case analyses of structural adjustment
programs and their economic and social effects in five Latin American countries. In the
cases of Mexico and El Salvador, we have incorporated the incisive grassroots analysis of
close local partners, updating a jointly published, prophetic report by Equipo PUEBLO in
the former and summarizing FUNDE's extensive recommendations for change in the latter.
Field-based research also provided the core of the analysis in the Nicaragua, Costa Rica
and Bolivia studies, and we thank our colleagues in those countries, as well, for their
assistance in the preparation of this document.
We hope that, in making our own contribution, we have done justice to the dramatic and
distressing story of the Latin American people struggling under structural adjustment.
STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT IN MEXICO:
The Root of the Crisis
by Carlos Heredia and Mary Purcell
The economic and social crisis gripping Mexico today began some thirteen years ago when
the Mexican government, confronted with a massive foreign debt, implemented a set of
structural adjustment measures promoted by the World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund. Those policies, intended to control inflation and generate foreign exchange to help
pay off the debt, resulted in increased unemployment, poverty and economic polarization.
By steadily tearing away at Mexico's economic and social fabric -- and particularly at the
well-being of its small rural and urban producers -- they set the stage for the economic
collapse of December 1994.
Even then, the Clinton Administration, the IMF and the Mexican government refused to
address the failure of the economic model. To the contrary, they designed a US$51 billion
bailout package that, by further entrenching the very policies that caused the collapse,
has plunged the country into an economic depression.
The further tightening of credit, suppression of wages, cuts in social spending, and
liberalization of trade and financial markets have intensified the decline of local
productive capacity, deteriorated the welfare of the vast majority of Mexicans, and
increased the country's dependence on foreign capital, imports and markets. Social and
political tensions, manifested most dramatically in the Chiapas crisis, threaten to tear
the country apart as its economy founders.
Since the onset of the crisis in December, the Mexican stock market has fallen 35
percent and the peso has lost half its value vis-a-vis the dollar. Annual inflation will
reach nearly 50 percent this year. With consumer interest rates at 80 percent, businesses
and individuals are finding it impossible to pay back loans, and major banks are going
under. Nearly two million workers have lost their jobs as factories and other businesses
fail or severely cut back production. Sales of basic goods in supermarkets are down by 25
percent, construction has fallen by 35 percent, department store sales have dropped by 40
percent and sales of new cars are down 67 percent.
The Crippling Effects of Structural Adjustment in Mexico
From 1982 right up to the economy's collapse in late 1994, the Mexican government
implemented virtually all of the adjustment policies promoted by the World Bank and the
IMF: reductions in public expenditures (including social services); elimination and/or
targeting of subsidies; tax reform; restriction of credit; privatization of most state
enterprises; trade liberalization; devaluation; removal of barriers to foreign investment;
and "competitive" wages. Privatization and deregulation contributed to a steep
concentration of income and wealth, a trend that ran counter to the imperative of creating
a strong domestic market as a factor in ensuring sustained economic growth. In what
analysts term a "trickle up" process, there was, in Mexico, a massive transfer
of resources from the salaried population to owners of capital, and from public control to
a few private hands.
Health and Nutrition. One of the first adjustment policies implemented
was a drastic cut in public spending. In general, adjustment suggests the cutting of
"non-productive", or primarily social, spending so as not to affect output or
revenues. Thus, during the decade of the eighties, the health budget as a percentage of
overall public spending fell from 4.7 percent to 2.7 percent. The World Bank acknowledged
in a 1990 staff appraisal report that the Mexican government "...may be under-
spending on health care," but because of the need to control public spending the Bank
argued that it was necessary to look for alternative sources of financing,
"...including the possibility of privatizing health sector activities such as
curative services." The poor who rely on these services are hardest hit by such cuts,
since they cannot afford private alternatives. One result was that between 1980 and 1992
infant deaths due to nutritional deficiencies almost tripled to rates higher than those in
the seventies. In September 1995, the Salvador Zubiran National Institute on Nutrition
reported that 80 children under the age of one die each day in Mexico due to malnutrition.
With 30,000 such deaths each year, Mexico is near the bottom of UNICEF~s rating of
countries~ efforts to address malnutrition. The only countries with a greater rate of
infant mortality are at war.
Squeezing Small Producers. Meanwhile, trade-liberalization and
restrictive-credit policies were undermining many domestic small industries and
agricultural producers who were unprepared for the dropping of trade barriers and unable
to compete with cheap imports. Many of them went out of business or turned into retailers
for U.S. manufacturers. This situation has been exacerbated as interest rates have
skyrocketed in 1995 and priority access to the limited credit that is available is given
to producers with export potential. This credit structure has reinforced monopolies in the
Mexican economy and is now devastating micro, small and medium-sized businesses, more than
a third of which have not survived the current crisis. Sixty percent of these smaller
enterprises, which historically employ 80 percent of the country's labor force, have laid
off workers in 1995. Even before the peso crash and the bailout program, those who could
get credit faced extremely high real interest rates, maintained in an effort to attract
foreign investment and prevent capital flight.
Unemployment. Mexico had been cited by the World Bank as a successful
example of a country where adjustment has included a real wage reduction in order to
prevent massive unemployment. However, in a 1991 study, the Labor Congress (CT) indicated
that, out of an economically active population of 34 million, 15 percent were openly
unemployed, and over 40 percent -- some 14 million people -- were underemployed. According
to the United Nations' Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC),
Mexico is the rare case in which the economy is marked by an inverse relationship between
investment and employment. While the former has increased by nine percent from 1992 to
1994, the creation of new jobs went down. Furthermore, every day since January 1995 an
average of 7,933 people have lost their jobs. The government only measures urban
unemployment, while the problem is thought to be greatest in rural areas. But even by
government figures, unemployment has risen by 106 percent since the start of the Zedillo
administration in December 1994.
Declining Wages. Mexico witnessed a steep and continual decline in
real wages during the eighties alongside massive layoffs and high levels of unemployment.
By mid-1994, the minimum wage in Mexico was the equivalent of US$4.42 per day. According
to a study by researchers at the Faculty of Economics of the National Autonomous
University of Mexico (UNAM), from the initiation of the government's Pact with business
and labor in December 1987 until May 1994, the minimum wage had increased by 136 percent,
while the cost of the Basket of Basic Goods had grown by 371 percent. Official government
figures show the minimum wage lost 53 percent of its purchasing power between 1982 and
1988, another 28 percent from 1988 to 1994, and an additional 13 percent during only the
first four months of 1995.
Growing Poverty. The World Bank estimates that the number of Mexicans
living in poverty grew by an average of 660,000 during each of the past fifteen years. The
United Nations Population Fund says that the number living in poverty is growing by 1.2
million annually. According to a 1992 study commissioned by the government's primary
anti-poverty agency, Pronasol, about one half of all Mexicans lived in poverty in 1990 (42
million) and 18 million lived in conditions of extreme poverty. The study goes on to say
that "... if the poverty figures are frightening, their consequences should be even
more frightening... Malnutrition has become the normal condition of society..." A
recent study by the newspaper El Financiero revealed that the intensified adjustment
program of 1995 had caused the ranks of those classified as "extremely poor" to
swell by 2.193 million by August of this year.
Skewed Income Distribution. Over the past decade, the already large
gap between the rich and the poor in Mexico has widened. The richest 20 per cent of the
population received 54.2 per cent of national income in 1992, against 48.4 per cent in
1984. The income of the poorest 20 per cent fell from five per cent in 1984 to 4.3 per
cent of national income in 1992. To illustrate the extreme concentration of wealth and
income, the wealthiest Mexican, Carlos Slim, the owner of Telefonos de Mexico, is said by
Forbes magazine (18 July 1994) to be worth 6.6 billion dollars. At the other extreme,
about 20 percent of the population -- 17 million people in extreme poverty -- subsist on
incomes of less than $350 per person per year. In other words, the assets of the richest
man in Mexico total more than the annual income of the poorest 17 million people combined.
Slim is not an isolated case: during the Salinas Administration the number of billionaires
in Mexico rose from two to 24.
These effects of structural adjustment have been felt in urban and rural areas
throughout Mexico. The plight of peasants and food producers in Chihuahua and of women in
the San Miguel Teotongo slums of Mexico City are but two of the many examples of how
profoundly these economic policies have affected the lives of Mexicans at the community
Structural Adjustment in Rural Mexico: The Case of Chihuahua
Bordering on the United States, Chihuahua is one of Mexico's largest states, with a
population estimated in 1990 to be 2,441,873. Its rain-fed agriculture is dedicated
primarily to the cultivation of corn and beans, two staples of the Mexican diet. Peasants
generally grow these crops for their own consumption and to supply the urban population in
the city of Chihuahua.
Although adjustment has proceeded more slowly in the agricultural sector than in other
areas, by 1992 the Salinas administration had utilized a variety of adjustment policies to
transform the agricultural sector into a more efficient producer for the international
economy. Mexico received an Agricultural Sector Loan (ME-2918) from the World Bank in 1988
that guided agricultural reforms for two-and-a-half years. The overall objectives of the
program were to:
- remove global food subsidies and target remaining food subsidies to the poor;
- reduce government intervention in agricultural markets, in part by moving from
guaranteed prices for grains (corn and beans excluded) toward market-determined pricing;
- abolish export controls and quantitative restrictions on key products;
- reduce the role of agricultural parastatals;
- liberalize agricultural trade;
- cut the subsidization of inputs;
- increase the efficiency of public investment in agriculture in real terms; and
- decentralize and cut staff of the agriculture ministry.
In addition, other sectoral loans making up part of the adjustment "package"
directly affected Chihuahuan corn and bean producers. For example, the Bank, through a
financial-sector loan, sought to reduce subsidized credit from development banks; a trade
liberalization loan was linked to a reduction in tariffs on agricultural imports; and a
fertilizer sector loan required the internationalization of fertilizer prices. Together,
these loans have led to a comprehensive restructuring of the agricultural sector.
The loan programs have reduced credit to small grain producers, eliminated farm-input
subsidies, reduced or eliminated guaranteed prices, and further liberalized trade. Their
effect has been to stimulate the large-scale production of export crops and reduce support
for the production of basic foods, with import-tariff reductions resulting in a surge of
cheap imported basic grains with which the farmers cannot compete. While increasing the
cost of farm inputs, they have at the same time decreased the price of basic grains.
Faced with such drastic cuts in credit, the peasants of Chihuahua have been forced to
seek various forms of supplemental financing. This may entail the selling off of
livestock, though, more commonly, family members are forced to work in the cities, in the
maquila industries, for large landholders, or in the United States, creating more
financial problems on the farms because of the loss of free family labor. In fact it is
becoming more and more difficult to find a family that does not have at least one relative
working in the United States and sending money home. The situation of Martha Hernandez de
Gonzalez is typical:
My husband is always here during planting season, but the rest of the year he spends
working in the United States. He and four children in Texas, Florida, Colorado and New
Mexico take care of all the family expenses and they take turns helping with the planting.
When we are short of money, my husband and my children are contracted to work in the apple
orchards or to do some other work in the countryside.
The adjustment policies have thus resulted in decreased peasant production and
productivity and a further concentration of land ownership. A vicious cycle of
decapitalization, low productivity, decline in incomes, deterioration of living standards,
and migration is repeating itself. The overall quality of life in the state has
It is clear to many that the government is attempting to slowly force small farmers out
of corn and bean production. However, no practical alternative has been offered. Officials
at the World Bank recommend that these producers move on to more productive activities or
to crops "like strawberries". Aside from the fact that strawberries cannot be
competitively produced on these lands, such a transition would require financing,
training, and technical and marketing assistance, and very little government support is
available in any of these areas. Without comprehensive programs to assist in the
restructuring of economic activity, current economic policy will only lead to increased
poverty and migration to the cities.
The Impact of Adjustment on the Urban Poor: The Case of San Miguel Teotongo
As opportunities have diminished in the countryside, Mexicans have increasingly moved
to the cities in search of a better life. Although poverty is most severe in rural areas
of Mexico (due largely to decades of an urban bias in public policy), it is broadly
believed that the urban poor have been hit hardest by the adjustment process. They
constitute the group that relies most heavily on wage employment, consumer subsidies and
public services -- all of which have declined under adjustment.
The community of San Miguel Teotongo is located in the Iztapalapa district on the
eastern outskirts of Mexico City. Iztapalapa is the largest and one of the poorest
districts of the metropolitan area. San Miguel was settled in 1972 by poor families that
left the center of the city because of high rents and overcrowding. Since then, San Miguel
has grown rapidly to a population of close to 80,000 today.
Three sets of adjustment policies have had the greatest impact on the residents of San
Miguel Teotongo: the reduction of real wages and reduced public investment; cuts in
subsidies and the liberalization of prices; and cuts in public services. The effects of
these policies include: a reduction in real income and purchasing power; an increase in
the importance of the informal economy and family labor; an increase in the relative price
of many basic goods and services; and a reduction in the quality of public services while
their costs increase.
Declining real wages and job opportunities are the most serious problems faced by
families in San Miguel Teotongo. A central feature of the government's stabilization and
adjustment program has been the reduction of real wages, while declining investment, the
growing privatization of the economy, and public- sector cutbacks (all part of adjustment)
have led to fewer employment opportunities. In general, families in San Miguel are working
harder and longer for less income today than 12 years ago.
Nationally, decreases in wages have occurred at all salary levels, but losses have been
greatest among the lowest wage earners. Considering the 67 percent loss in purchasing
power of the minimum wage between 1982 and 1991, workers should be making three times the
minimum wage just to stay even. With only 5.7 percent of the workers surveyed in San
Miguel in 1993 earning more than twice the minimum wage, it is clear that there has been a
substantial decline in overall family and community purchasing power. According to
national poverty indicators, 67.9 percent of the population of San Miguel Teotongo lives
The decline in real wages has been accompanied by an increase in prices. Studies show
that the prices of basic foods have risen even faster than those of many other consumer
goods. Since food is the primary expense of poor households in San Miguel, the latter are
severely affected by such price rises. Increases in food prices are the result of the
reduction or removal of subsidies and the liberalization of the basic-foods market. Both
of these policies were mandated under adjustment. The "canasta basica" (the
basket of basic goods deemed necessary for a family of five) cost 46 percent of the
minimum wage in 1983, 81 percent of the minimum wage in 1988, and 61 percent more than the
minimum wage in 1992. Today, the same "canasta basica" costs four times the
The trends in education in San Miguel reflect what is happening nationally. Most
children complete primary school, but increasing numbers of secondary-school-aged children
are dropping out. One of the stated goals of SAPs regarding education is the transfer of
government resources from higher education to primary education. However, between 1982 and
1990, the education budget fell from 5.5 percent of GDP to 2.5 percent. As public spending
declined, the cost of books and materials increased. As a result, the cost of sending
children to school is often prohibitive for poor families, and economic crises frequently
force even young children to work. The impact has been felt by many in San Miguel,
including Gloria Bautista:
I have six children. My two oldest dropped out of secondary school after the first
year. We couldn't afford to buy the books and they got bored. Now they help with family
expenses by doing odd jobs in the street... It's a problem because they aren't old enough
to work legally, so they are paid almost nothing...
In 1970 the Mexican government adopted the goal of providing health care to the
country's entire population by the year 2000. Adjustment, however, caused sharp reductions
in overall health- care spending during the eighties. Subsequent spending increases have
been significant, but they still have not compensated for the earlier cuts. In theory, all
Mexicans are covered by some type of health care program. In practice, however, very poor
or non-existent service, exacerbated by budget cuts in the 1980s, has meant that many poor
Mexicans do not have access to adequate health care through public institutions. They
either go to private physicians or they do not go at all. This is the case in San Miguel,
which, like so many other communities, is lacking in health centers.
Today in San Miguel, families must work harder and longer hours to make less money and
to purchase more costly goods and services. Items such as books and health care are cut
out of their budgets under these circumstances. Food consumption is cut back and
consumption patterns change, with a variety of nutritional foods being replaced with less
expensive, and often less nutritional, foods.
The economic collapse of December 1994 generated headlines around the world, but the
problems associated with the economic course chosen by Mexico were apparent well before
then. While the World Bank and the IMF were applauding Mexico's economic performance under
adjustment, one half of the population was living in poverty and their ranks were swelling
The removal of government from most areas of economic planning left the future
development of the country principally in the hands of the market. This change has helped
generate even greater profits for a relative few, but it has not addressed structural
problems blocking long-term participatory and sustainable development. The case of Mexico
is a clear lesson that success in the achievement of some macroeconomic indicators of
"success" does not necessarily translate into the improved social well-being of
the population. The pursuit of economic efficiency and short-term profits overrode
concerns about greater equity, leading to an increased economic polarization of society.
Even before the current crisis, structural adjustment in Mexico had resulted in:
- high unemployment and underemployment;
- a worsening of the already steep concentration of wealth and income;
- a deteriorating physical and social infrastructure;
- a continued disequilibrium in the trade balance and in the current account of the
balance of payments;
- a greater dependence of the economy on external financing; and
- the absence of an authentic political consensus around the consolidation of adjustment
The distribution of the costs of adjustment was very unequal. The Salinas government
deliberately chose to compress salaries, with the supposed purpose of maintaining the
competitiveness of Mexican exports. This policy led to the over- exploitation and a
deterioration in the quality of the labor force. Furthermore, even with extremely low real
wages, unemployment and underemployment remain high.
The net effect of the adjustment program on the population groups that are the focus of
this study is extremely negative. Not only has adjustment not contributed to laying the
groundwork for an improvement in their standard of living, but it has threatened their
very livelihood. Small farmers in Chihuahua have seen the prices of their products go down
while the prices of their inputs have increased substantially. The residents of San Miguel
have seen prices rise much faster than wages, while social services decline in quantity
and quality. Many have been cut out of subsidy programs and forced to supplement family
income in any way possible.
What has been lacking throughout the adjustment process in Mexico is a social and
economic policy that truly puts people first. Needed in particular is an income-generation
policy that more fully incorporates the poor into the national economy. Nevertheless, both
the Mexican government and the IFIs continue to support an economic program that has more
to do with bailing out commercial banks and foreign investors than with addressing the
Mexico is one of many cases worldwide where adjustment and the free market have not
only failed to alleviate poverty, but have further polarized the country and led to
disaster, economic and social. World Bank and IMF officials continued to say -- right up
to the current crisis -- that adjustment's attack on poverty would take time, but, after
more than a dozen years of adjustment in Mexico, things have never been worse than they
are today, and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. There must be a point at which
these institutions acknowledge that their strategy has failed and needs to be abandoned,
and that a new, more democratically determined approach to the country's development has
to be taken.
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