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Robert Hebert, Ph.D.,
Economist, RFH Consulting

Robert Hebert is Auburn University Emeritus Russell Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a native of Louisiana and received his Ph.D. from LSU in 1970, after which he taught economics at Clemson University, Auburn University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has also taught economics in France at the Sorbonne and at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Caen in Normandy.

Dr. Hebert has authored, co-authored or edited 10 books and more than 100 articles and reviews on various topics in economics, including his main research interest, the history of economics. Since his retirement from the classroom, he has been active as a consultant, providing forensic economic evaluations in various areas of litigation.

His many awards include Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Auburn University’s Excellence in Outreach Award, and membership in national honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Phi Beta Delta.

He and his wife, Diane (née Dupont) reside in Baton Rouge. Their daughter, Corie, is assistant professor of social work at Southeastern University in Hammond; and son, Charles, is Global Manager of Trading Development for Invesco, a major investment management company headquartered in Atlanta. Dr. and Mrs. Hebert have four granddaughters, who reside in Baton Rouge and Atlanta.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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