- Mercatus Center Affiliated Scholar
- Professor of Economics, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Mario Villarreal-Diaz is affiliated scholar at the Mercatus Center and professor of public policy and director of the graduate program at the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
Dr. Villarreal's research looks at the institutions and the economic incentives they create. Specifically, his interests are the political economy of migration and the effects of financial remittances on developing countries. He has worked in the scholarly and business sectors in both the United States and Mexico.
He earned his PhD in political economy from Claremont Graduate University, where he was a Fulbright doctoral fellow. He also holds a BA in finance from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, an MS in industrial economics from the Universidad Autonoma de Nueva Leon, and an MA in international economics from the Claremont Graduate University.