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Helen Roberts, PhD

Director of Center for Economic Education; Clinical Professor



Building & Room:

721 UH


601 S Morgan St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0378

Selected Publications

“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.

Notable Honors

2002, Money Smart Award, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

2009, Albert Beekhuis Award, Council for Economic Education


PhD, University of Chicago, 1995

MM Teaching, Oberlin College, 1978

Professional Memberships

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

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.

Research Currently in Progress

Economic Education, Micro Structure of the Auto Industry, History of Price Indices, Economics of Philanthropy.