Dr Vargas-Silva is also affiliated with Sam Houston State University (USA) where he teaches statistical methods to business students. Previously he was a George Washington Henderson Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Vermont. Dr. Vargas-Silva provides economic and public policy consulting services to clients in the public and private sectors. He holds a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree from the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a Masters and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.
His research interests are economic development and migration (with a special focus on workers’ remittances). One strand of his research examines the relationship between remittances and the macroeconomic variables of the remittance receiving countries. Another analyzes the impact of
demographic factors on the amounts remitted. He is also interested in assessing
the future global and regional migration trends and their effects on receiving
and sending countries.