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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

The Maquiladora Industry in Mexico

Name: Alexander Burns Phone: 585-709-7995 Abstract: Due to the decrease in trade barriers between the United States and Mexico a new trade industry evolved along the U.S./Mexico border in the last decades. This industry, known as the maquiladora industry, has impacted the cities in which these factories are located, its people and the environment. For the U.S. consumer they have allowed for lower prices on certain products as companies have set-up manufacturing plants in this region reaching economies of scale. Today, the future of the industry is uncertain and it is hard to weigh the costs/benefits of the maquiladoras. This presentation will address the impacts that the maquiladora industry presents to the cities and peoples along the US/Mexican border, including the economic benefits that are received by the industry as well as the negative impact of pollution, increase in crime and the poor living and working conditions of the laborers.

Presenter: Alexander Burns (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Spanish
Location: 31 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)