J. Alejandro Tirado Alcaraz is an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He earned his B.S. in Economics from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 1998. He received his M.S. in Economics from Universidad de Guadalajara in 2002. Then he worked as a lecturer at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). In 2004 he joined the Planning Department of Guadalajara’s City Hall where he served as head of special projects. Then in 2007 he joined The University of Texas at Dallas where he earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy. His research interests range from studying the impact of poverty alleviation policies, to the role political systems play on elections and public policy, the economics of regulation, and the economics of happiness.