The areas of specialization of the Dr. Ibarra-Yunez are international trade and finance, economic models, industrial organization and regulations, econometrics, Latin American economy, trade blocks and agreements. In recent years, his investigation has been based in the areas of imperfect contracts in international integration, moral hazard problems, game theory and network sectors (telecommunications, infrastructure, transport, energy, banking, and multinational outsourcing.)
His profound knowledge in networks and regulations has earned him the positions of Director of the network economies and economic regulations of Tecnológico de Monterrey, of the Graduate Center for Studies of Western Hemispheric Trade at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) - where he also works as Professor of International Integration and Economic Problems and Policies of Latin America since 1994, and the Economic and Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities for U.S.-Mexico Electricity Trade and Cooperation project at the LBJ School of Public Affairs - institution where he has also been a visiting professor.
He has published 11 books and more than 40 articles in scientific journals related to his area of research. Additionally, he is an international consultant in the areas of industrial organization and regulations, as well as regulations of international trade and networks. He is also a member of the national system of researchers of Conacyt, level II.