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Carlos Asarta

Associate Professor of Economics,
Director, Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 102 Alfred Lerner Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-4868
Email: asarta@udel.edu

Biography

Asarta is the Director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Delaware.  He holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His scholarly work focuses on the areas of economic education, assessment and economic/financial literacy. His research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Economic Education and the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.

Professor Asarta is the recipient of several teaching, service and research awards including the 2013 Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, the 2012 Rising Star Award from the Council for Economic Education and the 2011 Phillip Saunders Best Research Paper Award from the National Association of Economic Educators.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Economics, 2007
  • M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Economics, 2004
  • B.S.B.A University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Economics and International Business, 2001
  • Curriculum Vitae

Publications

  • “Economic Education Retrospective: 25 Years of Contributions from The American Economist,” with Austin Jennings and Paul W. Grimes. The American Economist (forthcoming).
  • “The Gender Question in Economic Education: Is it the Teacher or the Test?” with Roger Butters, and Eric Thompson. 2014. Perspectives on Economic Education Research, 9(1): 1-19.
  • “The Features and Effectiveness of the Keys to Financial Success Curriculum,” with Andrew Hill and Bonnie Meszaros. 2014. International Review of Economics Education, 16(1): 39-50.
  • “Success in the Economics Major: Is it Path Dependent?” with Roger Butters and Andrew Perumal, in F. Mixon and R. Cebula (Eds), New Developments in Economic Education. 2014. Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • “How do Transfer Students Perform in Economics? Evidence from Intermediate Macroeconomics,” with Scott Fuess and Andrew Perumal. 2013. Journal of Economic Education, 44(2): 110-128.
  • “The Production of Economic Knowledge in Rural and Urban Areas: The Role of Student, Teacher and School Characteristics,” with Eric Thompson and Roger Butters. 2013. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 45(1): 1-15.
  • “Access Patterns of Online Materials in a Blended Course,” with James Schmidt. 2013. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 11(1): 107-123.
  • “Financial Literacy and Gender in U.S. High Schools,” with Roger Butters and Shannon McCoy. 2012. Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 11(2): 142-149.
  • “The Discouraged-Business-Major Hypothesis Revisited: Could Economics be the Encouraged-Business-Major?” with Roger Butters. 2012. Journal of Economic Education, 43(1): 19-32.
  • “Human Capital in the Classroom: The Role of Teacher Knowledge in Economic Literacy,” with Roger Butters and Tammie Fischer. 2011. The American Economist, 56(2): 47-57.
  • “Gender and Economic Understanding in U.S. High Schools,” with Roger Butters. 2011. Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 10(1): 37-40.
  • “A Survey of Economic Understanding in U.S. High Schools,” with Roger Butters. 2011. Journal of Economic Education, 42(2): 200-205.
  • “Measurement Techniques of Student Performance and Literacy: College and High School,” with Kenneth Rebeck, in K. McGoldrick and G. Hoyt (Eds.), International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics. Dec. 2011. Elgar Press.
  • “Assessment Methods in Teaching,” with Kenneth Rebeck, in K. McGoldrick and G. Hoyt (Eds.), International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics. Dec. 2011. Elgar Press.
  • “Differences in Student Evaluations from Hybrid and Traditional Courses,” with James Schmidt. 2010. Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 9(2): 19-28.
  • “The Achievement of College Business and Economics Majors on the Major Field Test in Business,” with William Walstad, in F. Mixon and R. Cebula (Eds.), Expanding Teaching and Learning Horizons in Economic Education. 2009. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Educator of the Year Award (’13, ’09), Association of Students of the University of Nebraska.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (‘13,’08), University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL) College of Business Administration.
  • Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students (’13,’12,’11,’10,’09), UNL Parents Association and UNL Teaching Council.
  • Dean’s Coin Award (’13), UNL College of Business Administration.
  • Rising Star Award (’12), National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and the Council for Economic Education.
  • Phillip Saunders Best Research Paper Award for “The Gender Question in Economic Education: Is it the Teacher or is it the Test,” Council for Economic Education - 50th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference, Chicago.
  • Faculty Impact Award (‘11,’10), Academy of National Hispanic Scholars.
  • Outstanding Educator Award (‘11,’10,’09,’08,’07), UNL Beta Theta Pi.
  • Shuler-Kistiakowski Faculty Award for Teaching, Research and Outreach (’10), UNL College of Business Administration.
  • Bauermeister Faculty Award for Teaching, Research and Outreach (’09), UNL College of Business Administration.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year (’06), UNL College of Business Administration.

Teaching

  • Principles of Economics
  • Economic Education
  • Economics of Education

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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