Center Director Alberto Dávila
Alberto Dávila is currently Professor of Economics and V.F. “Doc” and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas—Pan American. He is also serving as Department Chair for the Department of Economics and Finance at UTPA, a position he has held since January 1997. Before joining UTPA in 1996, Dávila was a tenured faculty member at the University of New Mexico.
He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in economics from Iowa State University and a B.A. degree in economics from Pan American University. Dávila’s research interests include the economics of the U.S.-Mexico border, the economics of immigration, and Hispanic labor markets.
Dávila has published on border-related topics since 1982, first appearing in the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Economic Review, and has a co-edited book with Marie T. Mora Labor Market Issues along the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of Arizona Press, 2009) and (also with Marie T. Mora) has recently published the book Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s (Stanford University Press, 2013).
Moreover, he has received such professional honors as the Small Business Administration District Research Advocate Award for the Lower Rio Grande Valley (2003); the Distinguished Alumnus award from the College of Business Administration at U.T.-Pan American’s 75th Anniversary (Fall 2002), and, most recently, the American Society of Hispanic Economists’ Academic Achievement Award (January 2014) among other research and teaching awards.