Outlook for creative destruction in Mexico: The Uber rage

Outlook for creative destruction in Mexico

The Uber rage

MEI REPORT 077 (Houston) — This report summarizes the findings of a dozen informal interviews with taxi drivers in Mexico City regarding their views about the introduction of the taxi service Uber.

Its introduction is interpreted as an instance of creative destruction, a concept in economics popularized by Joseph Schumpeter in the 1950s. The complaints of the taxi drivers are noted, as are the pluses and minuses of the service. The discussion pivots to the energy sector, where it is seen that in the 2013-14 Energy Reform, creative destruction is not embraced; instead, government agencies are to be given attributes to permit incremental improvement. Several opportunities for creative destruction are suggested.

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Mexico Energy Intelligence

Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.