(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Homicides, exchange rates, and northern border retail activity in Mexico

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FULLERTON T.M. (1) ; WALKE A.G. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Economics and Finance, Univ. of Texas, El Paso, ETATS-UNIS


This study examines the determinants of retail sales in six cities located along Mexico’s northern border. Retail activity in these cities is found to increase in tandem with real depreciations of the peso, lower unemployment rates in neighboring US counties, and increased border crossings. In recent years, northern Mexico has been deeply affected by a crime wave associated with competition among drug cartels.Homicides related to organized crime are found to have a statistically significant negative impact on retail sales. A surge in crime levels may stifle retail activity in affected areas as extortion and attacks force some stores to close or reduce operating schedules at the same time that some potential customers elect to shop in relatively safer districts across the international divide.


Article of periodic

published at : The Annals of regional science / ISSN 0570-1864

Editor : Springer, Berlin - ALLEMAGNE (1967)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 53, no3 [pp. 631-647]

Bibliographic references : 62 ref.

Collation : fig., tabl., cartes



Digital Object Identifier

Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1007/s00168-014-0636-y

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