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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.

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02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


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