'Like a Puff of Marijuana': The Equity Illusion for Mexico regarding PRONASOL and NAFTA

Marcy Hotz, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University


This thesis evaluates the objectives and accomplishments of the National Program for Solidarity (PRONASOL) and its goal of achieving economic stability as Mexico prepares for NAFTA. It gives a detailed description of PRONASOL, its policies, goals and achievements, followed by a discussion of the failure of PRONASOL to distribute its benefits equally. It goes on to explain how political and social characteristics of PRONASOL are causing unequal distribution of benefits. Finally, it speculates that NAFTA will also be ineffective in accomplishing euqity and growth for Mexico.