Original document was submitted as an honors thesis requirement. Copyright is held by the author.

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This paper researches the effects NAFTA has had on the relationship between Mexico and the United States. It positions the question of why Mexico chose to enter the agreement within a larger historical context, debating the economic and social effects on the country as a whole. This study shows how economic trends have changed prior to and since Mexico joined NAFTA. It elaborates on the specific dynamics of what it means for the two countries to interact with each other on a cultural level, under the framework explained by Geert Hofstede's cultural dimensions. Then, it poses recommendations for ways that managers and executives from the United States can use these cultural understandings to avoid corporate-level miscommunications and missteps.

Because NAFTA is currently being renegotiated, this paper also discusses the current state of affairs in regards to that process. With updates from as recently as May 4, 2018, the paper weighs possible outcomes of the renegotiations, taking into consideration variables such as the elections occurring in both the United States and Mexico before the end of the year. Finally, this paper concludes that the business relationship between the two countries would not be as developed or as interdependent as it is today without NAFTA.