Robert F. Hebert, PhD

Robert Hebert Economics Professor

Title: Benjamin & Roberta Russell Foundation Professor Emeritus
Company: Auburn University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Robert F. Hebert, PhD, Benjamin & Roberta Russell Foundation Professor Emeritus at Auburn University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Economics.

Dr. Hebert has held his current title since 2000, and in 2009 he became the owner of RFH Consulting Inc., where he is the president and primary consultant provider. He was the Benjamin & Roberta Russell Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Auburn from 1987 to 2000, and head of the economics department there for some years. Though his consulting practice started in 2009, he has been an independent economic consultant since 1984, and is best known for “Secret Origins of Micro-Economics,” published by the University of Chicago Press in 1999. The book examines contributions by engineers in post-revolutionary France from the 1800s to the 20th Century, notably documenting the effects of public works on economics.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Hebert has appeared in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He originally started out without a clear academic focus, but while studying economics at the Louisiana State University, he developed an interest in the subject. Dr. Hebert completed his BS in the middle of his accelerated year, and his unusual schedule made him consider continuing toward a doctorate. In 1970, he received a PhD in economics from Louisiana State University, and went on from his instructor role there to the post of assistant economics professor at Clemson University. Dr. Hebert joined Auburn in 1974, becoming head of his department in 1980.

As a noted economist, Dr. Hebert has visited the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Université de Montréal, and Paris-Sorbonne University as an instructor, and organized conferences for the University of Maryland. He was a trustee of the Southern Economic Association for two years, and president of the History of Economics Society for one. As a prolific author, Dr. Hebert most recently contributed reviews for, and is the co-author of “A History of Economic Theory and Method” as well as a contributing author of numerous political and economic works. He received a 1997 Excellence in Outreach Award from Auburn University, and was supported as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and numerous grants. Dr. Hebert is currently a charter member of the National Association of Forensic Economists, among numerous professional affiliations.

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