• José Vargas-Hernández University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Jalisco
Keywords: economic decline, shrinking cities, theories of shrinking, Mexico


The purpose of this paper is to analyze the empirical-theoretical approaches to shrinking cities in Mexico. The study of tendencies in economic and environmental shrinkage is tied to the expressions of substantive changes in the complexity of determinant contexts of internal and migration flows. The analysis intents to answer the challenges posed by current economic and demographic tendencies, using theories and models and trying not to fall down victim of simplistic projections and conjectures and theories based more in speculations rather than on facts. The method used is the critical analysis of economic, social and political tendencies around the phenomenon of shrinking cities in México. The results of this analysis lead us to the conclusion that the shrinkage process in México, as a developing and emerging economy does not follow the same patterns as in well developed countries, where an increase in shrinking cities has been observed since the middle of the 1950s and the use of incentives in some localities to attract economic growth have had rather modest success in turning around the shrinking process. Further research on shrinking cities should be done in México. Finally, this paper analyzes some of the problems which are important for setting the agenda for future research in Mexico.

Author Biography

José Vargas-Hernández, University of Guadalajara, Zapopan, Jalisco

PhD (Public Administration) degree from Columbia University and PhD (Organizational Economics) from Keele University.

He is a member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico and a research professor at the University Center for Economic and Managerial Sciences, University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Areas of his scientific interests include organizational economics, strategic management and global marketing. The author has participated in more than 200 international academic events and in more than 500 national events; published 4 books and more than 200 papers in international journals (some translated into English, French, German, Portuguese, Farsi, Chinese etc.) and more than 300 essays in national journals.


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How to Cite
Vargas-Hernández, J. (2018). RURAL MIGRATION PROCESSES IN MEXICAN COUNTRYSIDE. The EUrASEANs: Journal on Global Socio-Economic Dynamics, (5(12), 58-73.