The Mexico Peace Index (MPI) aims to provide a more localised view of peace within Mexico and to determine what conditions are associated with peace at the state level. The Index measures the state of peace in all 32 Mexican states from 2003-2012.
The MPI uses the same definition of peace as the Global Peace Index (GPI) whereby peace is ‘the absence of violence or the fear of violence’.
The MPI measures peace at the state level in Mexico. A key reason for choosing this unit of analysis is that, similar to the United States, Mexico’s state governments have wide-ranging powers allowing them to have a significant impact on the level of violence, therefore the response to violence may differ significantly from state to state.
The Index uses the following seven indicators to measure peace:
All indicators are scored between 1 and 5, with 1 being the most peaceful and 5 the least peaceful. After the score for each indicator has been calculated, weights are applied to each of the indicators in order to calculate the final score.
The MPI 2013 Report includes an analysis of the measures that make up the Index, as well as other socio-economic factors that are normally associated with peaceful societies. It presents an estimate of the economic costs of violence and the economic benefits that would flow from increases in peace. The report does not make policy recommendations nor moral judgments on the appropriateness of government responses, rather it gathers and analyzes data relevant to peace and violence in Mexico to better understand the drivers and economic value of peace.
It should be noted that the study was performed with the guidance of an Expert Panel representing various institutions such as IMCO, CIDE, Mexico Evalua and INEGI. The Mexico Peace Index 2013 uses data provided by the Federal Government through INEGI and the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP).
The MPI is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the brains behind Vision of Humanity. For more detailed information about the methodology and findings of the MPI, download the MPI Report. For any further questions or data requests, please contact us through the ‘Contact’ section of this website.
Vision of Humanity is an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). IEP have offices in New York and Sydney. For more specific inquiries related to the peace indexes and research, please contact IEP directly.