The American Society of Hispanic Economists awarded Dr. Alberto Dávila (BA '77), professor and V.F. "Doc" and Gertrude Neuhaus Chair for Entrepreneurship at The University of Texas-Pan American, its 2014 Academic Achievement Award. This biennial national award recognizes ASHE members who have made a vast array of academic accomplishments and contributions throughout their careers to the economics profession.
Dávila , who earned both his MS and Ph.D. from Iowa State University, has served as chair of the Department of Economics and Finance since 1997. A labor economist with particular focus on the U.S.-Mexico border, Dávila has authored or co-authored more than 50 journal articles. His most recent book, co-authored with UTPA Economics Professor Dr. Marie Mora, is "Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s," published by Stanford University Press in Fall 2013.
Previous winners of this distinguished award from ASHE include Ronald Oaxaca, McClelland Professor of economics, University of Arizona (2008); Refugio Rochin, professor emeritus of Chicana/o studies and agricultural economics, University of California, Davis (2008); Francisco Rivera-Batiz, professor of economics and education, Teachers College, Columbia University (2010), and Stephen Trejo, associate professor and associate department chair, Department of Economics, UT Austin (2012).
UTPA's College of Business Administration Dean Dr. Teofilo Ozuna said the recognition is a testimony to the scholarly contributions Dávila has made to economics.
"This national distinction enhances the status and excellence of the Department of Economics and Finance, the College of Business Administration, and UT Pan American, " Ozuna said. "Having excellent scholars and leaders such as Dr. Dávila in our college contributes to the recruiting of top students and scholars to our college. He is a tremendous role model for our students and faculty in our college."
ASHE is a professional organization of economists who work to address the underrepresentation of Hispanic Americans in the economics profession by promoting the profession to Hispanics through education and service. The organization also promotes rigorous research on economic and policy issues affecting Hispanics, both locally and nationally. To learn more about ASHE, go to their website at www.asheweb.net/.