Research activities at CBEST are divided into four overarching programs:
1. Regional Economic Development and Trade Group
The REDT Group activities include: developing econometric models to forecast regional economic indicators; assessing maquiladora activities, their managerial challenges and the impact of maquiladoras on the local economy; input/output analysis; and cost analysis.
Research Associates: John Sargent (Group Coordinator)
2. Labor Market and Immigration Group
The LMI Group activities include: studies assessing the evolution of border labor markets; immigration and employment; human capital and earnings; self-employment and entrepreneurship; and gender/labor issues.
Research Associates: Marie T. Mora (Group Coordinator); Alberto Dávila; José A. Pagán; Chad Richardson
3. Health/Environmental Policy Group
The HEP Group activities include: community based studies on health outcomes; the economic and social impact of diabetes; mental health; benefit-cost analyses of treatments and social/community programs; border environmental issues.
Research Associates: Elena Bastida (Group Coordinator); José A. Pagán; Esperanza Briones
4. Information Technology Group
The IT Group activities include: assessment of information technology infrastructure in border communities; evaluating information technology needs; education and information technology.
Research Associates: Richard Fowler (Group Coordinator)