UPDATE 1-Mexico hourly wages now lower than China's-study

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jackak wrote:

That’s because the products made in Mexico are even worse than those made in China.

Apr 04, 2013 6:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Are the job skills the same? I don’t know.

Seems if I could build an iPhone in Mexico at a lower labor cost and no trans Pacific shipping that’s what I should do. That’s assuming a qualified work force is available and some drug cartel won’t come in shooting up my factory.

Apr 04, 2013 7:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
polnick wrote:

The population of Mexico cannot reach the educational level of the Chinese people. There is an intelligence deficit in Mexico that is 20 points below first world nations. But genetic manipulation can bridge the gap before 2075.

Apr 04, 2013 8:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
aberdeenvet wrote:

This and our open U.S. borders is Mexico’s way of exporting low wage workers who send American dollars back to their relatives in Mexico to spend. Fewer of their own to need assistence.

Apr 04, 2013 11:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Archimedes wrote:

polnick, you don’t know Mexicans.

Apr 04, 2013 12:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoulLeister wrote:

Correction: China’s hourly wages now exceed Mexico’s… China’s rising faster than Mexico’s (Mexico’s did not fall). We should put illegals form south of the border on boats to china, where they can enjoy the higher standard of living they seek without ruining our country… cheaper to herd them on than put them on welfare and food stamps here… boat ticket costs $300 one time vice $20,000 a year for welfare, food stamps, medical, etc here (problem solved, you are welcome).

Apr 05, 2013 3:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoulLeister wrote:

Correction: China’s hourly wages now exceed Mexico’s… China’s rising faster than Mexico’s (Mexico’s did not fall). We should put illegals form south of the border on boats to china, where they can enjoy the higher standard of living they seek without ruining our country… cheaper to herd them on than put them on welfare and food stamps here… boat ticket costs $300 one time vice $20,000 a year for welfare, food stamps, medical, etc here (problem solved, you are welcome).

Apr 05, 2013 3:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doug57 wrote:

This is either currency manipulation or an outright lie. Per capita GDP adjusted for purchase power parity in Mexico is $15,300. In China, it is $7,600. Mexico is now a moderately wealthy nation. China is still a middle income nation by global standards.

source = CIA World Factbook.

Apr 05, 2013 9:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doug57 wrote:

This is either currency manipulation or an outright lie. Per capita GDP adjusted for purchase power parity in Mexico is $15,300. In China, it is $7,600. Mexico is now a moderately wealthy nation. China is still a middle income nation by global standards.

source = CIA World Factbook.

Apr 05, 2013 9:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Fantastick news, now let’s hurry up and build some factories in Mexico so they can produce “stuff” for us to consume, it’s a win win situation, we get our “stuff” cheaper than the Chinese, and we lure illegals back to their homeland for a job.

Apr 05, 2013 9:28am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4NoParty wrote:

Cynic that I am, is it possible that with the Feds on this side of the border pushing for more in the US minimum wage, and Mexico lowering their rate, that maybe Obama and the President of Mexico thought this would be a good way for more Mexicans to illegally cross the border, become eligible for all sorts of welfare including Obamacare, and be able to send money back home to support their Mexican families? No, that would be collusion on the part of the President…although, stranger things have happened.

Apr 05, 2013 10:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse

that’s because 24 Mexican families own 47% of the land in the country. and the reason it’s tolerated is because we ,the US, are the safety valve for the nation . they come here to work and send home money, that sent home money is Mexico’s largest source of US dollars. so by allowing illegal immigration we have sealed Mexico’s fate , nothing will change , the rich will get richer and the poor will stay poor and we made it happen because we’re “compassionate” and we want to help them have a better life …..P.S. we’re fools and we’ve done them wrong.

Apr 05, 2013 11:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse

What a great advancement for mankind. Does China let Mexico use their whips? This is only one of many sorry situations throughout the civilized world. Include Iran and N Korea as two of the sorriest.

Apr 05, 2013 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
swenk wrote:

This story supports Obama’s “job plan” for America… have more and more people out of the workforce until we become a 3rd world nation with wage base lower than China too… then we can get those jobs back! Well a bit extreme but think about where we are heading…

Apr 05, 2013 12:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EdG1 wrote:

Products made in Mexico are better than those made in China. We sell on the Internet and saw a decline in quality control when manufacturing shifted from the US to Mexico. But when manufacturing shifted to China, defects skyrocketed and quality fell much farther.

Apr 05, 2013 2:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
EdG1 wrote:

We sell on the Internet. Product quality fell when manufacturing shifted from the US to Mexico but it got much, much worse when it shifted from Mexico to China. Chinese factory workers are not their best and brightest. They are uneducated peasants enticed from rice paddies and then given minimal skills training. This shows in the poor quality products they make. Only the Chinese elite are highly educated, and they sure aren’t working at factory jobs.

Apr 05, 2013 3:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
berkie wrote:

Working in Tijuana as a financial, I do not recognize that Mexico wages are 20% lower, but based on our data that – as of 2013 – Mexico wages are “on par” with east coast China (Shanghai). This on the base of soaring inflation in China and – due to the one-child policy – an ever increasing highly-educated population (if you have only one kid, you spare no expense or effort to send him or her to a university) which means it is harder and harder to fill the low-wage assembly-type of positions with its effect on average wages (supply vs demand). Furthermore: the remarks about quality are bogus: it does not really depend on where you produce, but rather how you produce (a company’s commitment to quality).

Apr 08, 2013 5:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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