The Mexican
Pizza Riddle

Discussions on the
Economics of

Table of Contents
Part 1. The Mexican Pizza

  • Part 2. Mexican Pizzanomic Theory

  • Part 3. Consequences

  • Part 4. Conclusions

  • Part 5. Contrasting Views

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  • The Initial Posting That Started It All
  • . . Why is a third world country like Mexico stuck in poverty, while a nation like the United States has a flourishing economy? What are the factors, policies, or whatever that have made the difference? What could the Third World do to create thriving economies? These are the kinds of questions we discuss on the inner pages of this site, beginning with an analysis that uses something as humble as the Mexican pizza and the people who make it as the starting point.

    . . These exchanges took place under the subject, "The Mexican Pizza Riddle," on the Newsgroup, "alt.politics.economics," beginning March 4, 1997. They are presented here with a minimum of editing to the text itself. Duplications, signatures, and other extraneous and irrelevant materials have been removed. Details on the sources, authors, etc., are available at the Newsgroup sites. The text of the discussions is presented here in a subject-related order, rather than in the sequence in which it occurred on the Newsgroup.

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