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Jesus CaƱas

Business Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Jesus CanasJesus Cañas is a business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. As member of the regional group he analyzes the regional economy. His research at the Fed also focuses on issues pertaining to the Mexican economy, the U.S.–Mexico border economy and the maquiladora industry. He also coordinates the production of the Dallas Fed's Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey, for which economic conditions in the service sector, including retail, are analyzed. Cañas has written articles for various Federal Reserve Bank publications and academic journals such as Annals of Regional Science and Growth and Change.

Cañas holds a BA in economics and finance and MS in economics from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Curriculum Vitae


  • University of Texas at El Paso, MS in Economics, 2002
  • University of Texas at El Paso, BBA in Finance and Economics, 1997


  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 2/11–Present
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch, 10/96–1/11

Academic Publications

  • “The Impact of Maquiladoras on U.S. Border Cities," with Roberto Coronado, Robert W Gilmer, and Eduardo Saucedo, Growth and Change (forthcoming).
  • "Do Remittances Boost Economic Development? Evidence from Mexican States," with Pia Orrenius, Madeline Zavodny and Roberto Coronado, Law and Business Review of the Americas, Fall 2010.
  • “Maquiladora Employment Dynamics in Nuevo Laredo,” with Thomas M. Fullerton, Jr, Growth and Change, March 2007

  • "Regional Business Cycle Integration Along the U.S.–Mexico Border," with Keith Phillips, The Annals of Regional Science, February 2007.

  • “Maquiladora Downturn: Structural Change or Cyclical Factors?” with Roberto Coronado and Robert W. Gilmer, International Business and Economics Research Journal, August 2004

Dallas Fed Publications

Other Publications

  • “U.S.–Mexico Remittances: Recent Trends and Measurement Issues,” with Pia Orrenius and Roberto Coronado in Migration, Trade and Development: Conference Proceedings, James Hollifield, Pia Orrenius and Thomas Osang, eds., Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 2007.
  • Business Cycle Indexes: A Composite Measure of Local Economies" Jesus Canas, Regional Econometrics, describes the construction and use of composite indexes of regional economic activity. December 2006
  • “El empleo en la frontera de Texas y el crecimiento de las maquiladoras,” with Roberto Coronado and Robert W. Gilmer, Acontecimientos Recientes sobre Desarrollo Económico Fronterizo, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Conference Proceedings Book, Jorge Eduardo Mendoza Cota, ed., tor forthcoming, Summer 2006
  • “Commentary on Charter Evolution in Maquiladoras: A Case Study of Reynosa, Tamaulipas,” Maquiladoras Today, Conference Proceedings Book, Second NOBE/REF International Economic Research Forum, Editor Van Miller, forthcoming, Summer 2006

Working Papers


Jesus Cañas