Case | HBS Case Collection | April 1997 (Revised February 2001)

Mexico in Debt

by Richard H.K. Vietor and Eilene Zimmerman


Describes Mexico's political and economic system in the 1960s and 1970s. Focuses on: 1) the causes of the debt crisis in 1982; 2) elements of President de la Madrid's restructuring efforts between 1982-88; President Salinas's attempts to complete restructuring and bring the macroeconomy into a period of high growth with low inflation; NAFTA; and the events leading up to Mexico's 1995 currency crisis.

Keywords: Restructuring; Economic Systems; Financial Crisis; Inflation and Deflation; Macroeconomics; Borrowing and Debt; Government and Politics; Mexico;


Vietor, Richard H.K., and Eilene Zimmerman. "Mexico in Debt." Harvard Business School Case 797-110, April 1997. (Revised February 2001.)