04/11/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune
As fighting among drug trafficking groups drives up violence in Mexico to record levels, a new study released on Wednesday measures the economic impact in 2017 at $249 billion in losses — close to 21 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Authors of the study presented at the University of San Diego say that focusing on homicides alone fails to address the broad range of factors that drive the violence, and affect the well being of Mexicans on a multitude of levels. To bring down the violence will mean addressing issues such as corruption and the weak rule of law, the study states.
“ ‘End drug violence’ is not an actionable policy statement for peace building,” states the “Mexico Peace Index” report by the Australia-based Institute for Economics & Peace, an independent non-partisan think tank. “A much broader peace-building strategy is needed to address the causes as well as the symptoms of lawlessness.”