Helen Roberts

Clinical Professor; Director, Center for Economic Education, Honors College Fellow

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1995,
M.M. Teaching, Oberlin College, 1978

Fields of Interest : 
Economic Education, Industrial Organization, International Trade and Financial Economics. 

Selected Research:
“After School Matters: Advancing the Financial Literacy of High School Students” (2010) with Margo Sorgman, Kathy Parkison, and Luis Guillermo Serpa.  UIC-CEE Economic Education Working Paper #20.

“The Soulful Science: What Economists Really Do and Why It Matters,” (2008) in International Review of Economic Education, vol. 7, issue 2, pp. 94-97.

“Measuring the Effects of the Financial Fitness for Kids Program for Early Elementary School Students in Chicago” (2008). UIC-CEE Economic Education Working Paper #18.

"Parental Influence - It Matters for Money Matters," (2006)with Jennifer Van Dyke. UIC-CEE Economic Education Working Paper #14.

"Assessing the Impact of Problem-Based Learning on Student Understanding in Microeconomics Principles" (2006)with Thomas M. Smith.  UIC-CEE Economic Education Working Paper #15.

"Financial Education and Communication Between Parents and Children," with Angela Lyons and Erik Scherpf (2006) Journal of Consumer Education, pp.64-76.

Current Research Interests: 
Economic Education, Micro Structure of the Auto Industry, History of Price Indices, Economics of Philanthropy.

Other Significant Accomplishments:
Albert Beekhuis Award for Outstanding U.S. Center for Economic Education, 2009.

Coordinator, College Fed Challenge, Federal Reserve District 7 (Chicago), 2009-present.

Money Smart Award, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Illinois State Treasurer's Office, 2002. 

Partner, Money Smart Week, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 2003-Present. 

Reviewer for Consumer Affairs, Journal of Consumer Education, and Journal of Economic Education.

National Association of Economic Educators, Awards Committee 2004-2007 Chair, 2005-2007, Executive Committee and Treasurer, 2008-2010. 

President, Illinois Economics Association, 2006, Treasurer 2008-present.

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Contact Information

Office: 721 UH, MC 144
Phone: 312-355-0378
Fax: 312-996-5533
Email: hroberts@uic.edu