Salvador   Contreras

Associate Professor  

Salvador Contreras

  • Education

    • PhD, Economics, Claremont Graduate University, 2007
    • MA, Politics, Economics, and Business, Claremont Graduate University, 2002
    • BA, Political Science, University of La Verne, 2000




Selected Publications


  • Salvador Contreras. "Looking for status appeal? Act interested in your child's education," International Journal of Social Economics no. 3 (2017).

  • Salvador Contreras and Emmanuel Torres. Economic pulse of Texas Border Region: Entrepreneurial Activity 2014-2015. Border Business Briefs , 2016.

  • Salvador Contreras. "For Economic Advantage or Something Else? A Case for Racial Identification Switching," The Review of Black Political Economy (December 2016).

  • Salvador Contreras. K-12 Education outlook of Border/South Texas region. Border Business Briefs , 2016.

  • Salvador Contreras, Ruth Cano, and Amirhossein Fard. Trade flows through Border/South Texas ports. Border Business Briefs , 2016.

  • Salvador Contreras and Jose Clemente. Local Municipalities See Upward Trend in Sales and Use Tax Revenues. Border Business Briefs , 2015.

  • Salvador Contreras and Abdelhamid Riani. Revenues are up at RGV cities. Border Business Briefs , 2015.

  • Salvador Contreras and Abdelhamid Riani. South Texas keeps pushing ahead. Border Business Briefs , 2015.

  • Salvador Contreras and Jose Clemente. Where the jobs are in South Texas. Border Business Briefs , 2015.

  • Salvador Contreras. "An alternative view to the cause of market failures: a dynamic approach," Theoretical Economics Letters (2014).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Salvador Contreras. An Analysis of the Economic Effects of the Loop 68 Toll Road Projec, Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority, $32,000.00 (November 2014 - January 2015)

  • Salvador Contreras. Hidalgo County Census Tract Forecasts, C&M Associates, $40,000.00 (June 2014 - August 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Salvador Contreras and Jorge Gonzalez. "The Role of Organizational Change on Stress, Work Attitudes, and Cognitive Load Utilization: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. ," Western Economic Association Meeting, (2017)

  • Salvador Contreras. "Education environment context switching and its effects on performance and instructor evaluation," ASSA meetings, NEA, San Francisco (2016)

  • Salvador Contreras. Economic Issues Affecting Hispanic and African-American Communities Conference, TAMU & ASHE, College Station (2015)

  • Salvador Contreras. WEAI, Honolulu (2015)

  • Salvador Contreras. ASSA meetings, Philadelphia (2014)

  • Salvador Contreras. Economic Issues Affecting Hispanic and African-American Communities Conference, College Station (2014)

  • Salvador Contreras. WEAI, Denver (2014)

  • Salvador Contreras. "A theoretical exposition of migration enforcement on existing migrant and domestic," ASSA meetings, Atlanta, Georgia (January 2010)

  • Salvador Contreras. "Explaining the generational gap of migrant households.," ASSA meetings, Atlanta, Georgia (January 2010)

  • Salvador Contreras. "An alternative view to the cause of market failures: a dynamic approach," Southern Economics Association, San Antonio, Texas (November 2009)

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