Sara Helms, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Brock School of Business at Samford University. She is the newly-appointed director of the Brock Scholars Program, beginning in the Fall 2013 semester. She is a Research Associate at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and an adjunct professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
Dr. Helms’s research interests
include applied microeconomics and public policy, particularly in the areas of
volunteering, charitable giving, education policy and public health policy. She
uses both traditional econometric and experimental methods. A list of ongoing
and completed research can be found under Research and on her SSRN page. She teaches principles
of microeconomics, public policy, econometrics, and MBA microeconomics. More information, including syllabi and course information, can be found under Teaching.
Dr. Helms has presented her work at the annual meetings of regional, national and international organizations, including the American Economic Association, Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Activity, Economic Science Association, Southern Economic Association, the American Time Use Research Conference, Association for the Research of Society, Economics and Culture, and at the Institute for Studies of Labor (IZA) in Germany.
Dr. Helms is a member of the honor fraternities Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Omicron Delta Kappa.
PhD: Economics, 2006, University of
Samford University Brock School of Business Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2013