Sara Helms McCarty, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Brock School of Business, and is the Brock Scholars Program Coordinator. She teaches principles of microeconomics, public policy, econometrics and MBA micro-economics. Sara is a Research Associate at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy.
Sara'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 on her SSRN page.
She 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 and the American Time Use Research Conference.
Sara is a member of the honor fraternities Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon and Omicron Delta Kappa. Visit Sara's website
Degrees and Certifications
- PhD, Economics University of Maryland
- MA, Economics University of Maryland
- BA, Economics and Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, St. Mary's College of Maryland
- Philanthropy; Volunteering and Policy Related to Service Learning and Community Service; Education Policy; Religion and Giving; Behavioral Economics; Experimental Economics; Labor Economics
Awards and Honors
- 2014 Brock School of Business Outstanding Scholarship Award
- 2013 Brock School of Business Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
- 2009 University of Alabama at Birmingham Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year
- 2003 University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
- 2001 and 2002 University of Maryland Department of Economics Teaching Award
- Helms, S. & Diette, T. (2014). Trading the Television for a Textbook? High School Exit Exams and Student Behavior. The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 14 (3), 22.
- Helms, S. (2013). Involuntary Volunteerism: The Impact of Mandated Service in Public Schools. Economics of Education Review, 36, 295-310.
- Thornton, J. & Helms, S. (2013). Afterlife Incentives in Charitable Giving. Applied Economics, 45(19), 2779-2791
- Helms, S. & Thornton, J. (2012). The Influence of Religiosity on Charitable Behavior: A COPPS Investigation. Journal of Socio-Economics, 41, 373-383
- Helms, S., Scott, B., & Thornton, J. (2011). Choosing to give more: experimental evidence on restricted gifts and charitable behaviour. Applied Economics Letters, 19 (8), 745-748.
- Abraham, K., Helms, S., & Presser, S. How Social Processes Distort Measurement: The Effects of Survey Nonresponse on Inferences about Volunteer Work in the United States. American Journal of Sociology, 114(4), January 2009: 1129-1165.