Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Roderic Ai Camp

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Mexico’s education system ranks among the lowest in terms of quality and achievement levels. Given the importance of education for a country’s economic development, it is crucial to understand how improvements in Mexico’s education quality can result in economic growth for the country. This thesis aims to create awareness about how the quality of learning rather than total schooling can result in improving Mexico’s economic development. First, a general literature review provides significant findings of the quality of education, the difference between learning and schooling, and educational equity, and its effects on economic development. Moreover, a detailed overview of the Mexican education system demonstrates critical aspects that distinguish Mexico’s public education system. Finally, various issues facing Mexico are introduced, including violence and corruption, that can impact Mexico’s economic underperformance by enhancing education quality. This thesis concludes with three policy recommendations for tackling Mexico’s poor education quality while being strategic on their potential economic benefits.