Nathan Ashby is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He currently holds the Western Hemispheric Trade Research Professorship, a two year endowed professorship awarded to promising junior faculty at UTEP. He received his B.A. in economics at Utah State University in 2002 and his M.A. and Ph.D. at West Virginia University in 2004 and 2006 respectively. He teaches International Economics, Public Choice, and Public Sector Economics at the undergraduate level and Global Economic Environment, Public Sector Economics, and Public Choice at the graduate level.
Ashby’s research deals with the relationship between economic freedom and various outcomes including migration and income inequality. He is currently the lead author of the Economic Freedom of North America index published by the Fraser Institute. He has published articles in the Southern Economic Journal, Public Choice Journal, and the Eastern Economic Journal. His current research analyzes the impact of remittances and institutions on entrepreneurship, the impact of economic freedom on immigration patterns from Mexican to U.S. states, and the impact of crime in Mexico on foreign direct investment.
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