Center for Border Economic Studies

CBEST Center for Border Economic Studies

Current Issue

Spring 2014 | Vol. 10 No. 2 (May 1 - July 31, 2014)

This issue features stories that cover financial literacy, migration settlement patterns of Mexican immigrants, and evaluates the impact of the peso/dollar exchange rate on border crossings. We tackle employment in South Texas and present a consensus forecast of Mexico’s economy. The cover features our UTPA economics students who won the Up-to-Us National Competition. We present a brief outline of the book by Alberto Davila and Marie T. Mora, Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s. Finally, we continue to showcase our Rio Grande Valley talent. We hope you enjoy our current issue.


On this issue

Financial Literacy in the Rio Grande Valley ... P. 8

by Terrance K. Martin and Sara K. Ray

Mexico's Economic Outlook Remains Moderately Favorable ... P. 12

By Tom Fullerton and Adam Walke

UTPA Students Win the Up to Us Competition ... P. 14

by James Boudreau

Mexican Immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley ... P. 16

by Mark Hugo Lopez

Border Crossings and the Peso-Dollar Exchange Rates ... P. 18

by Luis Basurto and Diego Escobari

A not so hot South Texas labor market ... P. 21

by Salvador Contreras

Hispanic entrepreneurs in the 2000s ... P. 24

By Alberto Davila and Marie T. Mora

Meet the Fall 2013 VIP award recipient P. 26


Border Business Briefs

Border Business Briefs is a quarterly publication of the Center for Border Economic Studies (CBEST) at the University of Texas-Pan American. We publish articles focused on the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, and North Tamaulipas. Our narrative is expressed through graphs, tables, and figures. Our publication covers topics in Border Security, Business functions, Economic development, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Human capital, Immigration, Manufacturing, Resource management, Social capital, and Trade. The articles we publish are research/analysis/policy focused on the needs of South Texas/Mexico border region. However, we will also publish articles that are of implied importance to the region. The Border Business Briefs produces four theme specific issues a year.