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About Dr. Robert S. Herren

Robert S. Herren

Office: Barry Hall Rm 614B

Phone: 701.231.7698701.231.7698 

Fax: 701.231.7400

My main responsibility and my passion is teaching economics. I currently teach Money & Banking (Economics 324), Intermediate Macroeconomics (Economics 343), History of Economic Thought (Economics 456), Labor Economics (Economics 465), and Monetary Theory & Policy (Economics 476). I also have experience and interest in teaching United States Economic History. I also believe that advising is an important part of the instructional role. I regularly advise economic majors and minors.

My research is in the history of economic thought field. One theme of my current research is to provide students and colleagues with a better understanding of how economic ideas have been used in the formation of monetary and fiscal policies. Through examining specific episodes of economic policymaking, I hope to provide students and colleagues with insights concerning the interactions among economic theories, economic events, and economic policies. A second theme of my research involves the evolution of the economics profession. I am attempting to look at a changing and evolving profession positioned within a changing and evolving society.


Academic Experience


Professor of Economics, North Dakota State University, 1996-Present

Associate Professor of Economics, North Dakota State University, 1985-1996

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Mississippi, 1976-1985

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Vanderbilt University, 1975-1976




Ph.D. in Economics, Duke University, 1975

M.A. in Economics, Duke University, 1974

B.A., Summa cum laude, University Scholar in Mathematics and History, University of South Dakota, 1971


Selected Publications


“Council of Economic Advisers” EH.Net Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Whaples, August 19, 2004 URL

“Contributions of Howard S. Ellis to the Controversy Concerning Economic Growth: 1940-1955” The American Economist, 45, 2 (Fall 2001): 85-92.

“Forgotten Presidents of the American Economic Association” Journal of Economics, 18 (1992): 69-76.

“The Truman Administration: Problems and Policies Unfold” in Exhortation and Controls: The Search for Wage-Price Policy, 1945-1971 edited by Craufurd Goodwin. Washington D.C. The Brookings Institution, 1975. (Co-authored with Craufurd Goodwin)


Personal Notes


Favorite Baseball Team:                      St. Louis Cardinals (I was named for Stan Musial)

Favorite Lake:                                     Pelican Lake, Minnesota near Pelican Rapids

Favorite Dog:                                      Terrier (We currently have 4: Australian, 2 Yorkshire, and Silky)

Favorite Fiction:                                  Science Fiction

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