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Barbara J. Robles


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland, 1990
  • B.A., Humanities, University of Texas - Austin, 1978
Current Research Topics
  • Monetary Policy & Community Economic Development
  • Internet Research & Regional Economic Development
  • Economist

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    2009 - 2015
  • Associate Professor

    School of Public Programs, Arizona State University

    2005 - 2009
  • Assistant Professor

    LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin

    1998 - 2005
  • Revenue Estimator

    Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress

    1995 - 1997
  • Assistant Professor

    Department of Economics, University of Coloardo-Boulder

    1990 - 1995
  • Robles, Barbara, and Marysol McGee (2016). "Exploring Online and Offline Informal Work: Findings from the Enterprising and Informal Work Activities (EIWA) Survey," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2016-089. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2014). "Economic Inclusion and Financial Education in Diverse Communities: Leveraging Cultural Capital and Whole Family Learning," in Fort�, Karin S., Edward W. Taylor and Elizabeth J. Tisdell eds., New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education. A Wiley Company, pp. 57-66.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2014). "Surveying Community Stakeholders: Exploring the Viability of a National Sampling Frame," Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, 2013 Conference Proceedings (April 2014)
  • Robles, Barbara J., and Joseph A. Firschein (2014). "Analyzing Stakeholder Data: Capturing Community Conditions, Economic Inclusion and Emerging Issues," In Proceedings of the 59th World Statistics Congress of the International Statistical Institute, 25-30 August 2013. Hong Kong: International Statistical Institute, pp. 2759-2764.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2013). "Financial and Asset-Building Capabilities of Southwest Border Working Families: An Action Research Approach to Culturally Responsive Economic Resiliency Behaviors," in Birkenmaier, J., J. Curley and M. Sherraden eds., Financial Capability: Research, Education, Practice and Advocacy. Oxford University Press.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2012). "Mobile Home Owners in the Southwest: Financial Behaviors and Economic Mobility Aspirations during Tough Times," Real Estate Review, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 43-65.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2011). "Historical and Policy Dimensions of Inequity in Income and Wealth," in Johnson, N. J., J. H. Svara eds., Justice for all: Promoting Social Equity in Public Administration. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2010). "A Tax Education and Asset Building Campaign for Low-Income and Limited-English Worker Populations: Lessons from Four States, TY2004-TY 2007," In 2009 IRS Research Conference Bulletin. Washington DC: Internal Revenue Service, pp. 227-252.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2009). Strengthening Social Security for Farm Workers: The Fragile Retirement Prospects for Hispanic Farm Worker Families. Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2009). U.S. Latino Families, Heads of Household, and the Elderly: Emerging Trends in Financial Services and Asset-Building Behaviors. Madison, WI: Filene Research Institute.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2009). "Exploring the Wealth Returns to Latino Higher Educational Attainment: Estimates of Work-Life Earnings Profiles," Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, vol. 8, pp. 5-22.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2008). "Latina Entrepreneurship in the Borderlands: Family Well-being and Poverty Reduction Policies," in Marquez, Raquel R., Harriett D. Romo eds., Transformations of La Familia on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Latino Perspectives. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 255-288.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2007). Financial Services and Product Usage by Latinos in the U.S. Madison, WI: Filene Research Institute.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2007). "Tax Refunds and Microbusinesses: Expanding Family and Community Wealth Building in the Borderlands," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 613, pp. 178-191.
  • Robles, Barbara J., and Hector Cordero-Guzman (2007). "Latino Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship in the United States: An Overview of the Literature and Data Sources," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 613, pp. 18-31.
  • Lui, M., Barbara J. Robles, B. Leondar-Wright, R. M. Brewer, and R. Adamson (2006). The color of wealth: The story behind the racial wealth divide. New York: New Press.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2006). Asset accumulation and economic development in latino communities: A national and border economy profile of latino families. Madison, WI: Filene Research Institute.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2006). "Wealth Creation in Latino Communities: Latino Families, Community Assets, and Cultural Capital," in Gordon Nembhard, Jessica, Ngina Chiteji eds., Wealth Accumulation and Communities of Color in the United States: Current Issues. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 241-266.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2004). "An Asset Approach to Educational Diversity Policies: Exporting Democracy," International Journal of Chicano Studies Research, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 185-197.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2004). "Emergent Entrepreneurs: Latina-Owned Businesses in the Borderlands," in Texas Business Review. Bureau of Business Research, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2002). "Latina Microenterprise and the U.S.-Mexico Border Economy," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 307-327.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (2002). "Revisiting the Demand for Money Model: Money and Loans in Selected Manufacturing Industries," Applied Economics, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 197-205.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (1997). "An Economic Profile of Women in the United States," in Higginbotham, Elizabeth, Mary Romero eds., Women and Work: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Class. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, pp. 5-27.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (1995). "Finance Capital in Dynamic Factor-Demand Models," Applied Economics, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 431-440.
  • Robles, Barbara J. (1990). "Financial Variables in Production: A Discrete Dynamic Approach," Ph.D. dissertation, University of Maryland.
  • Betancourt, Roger, and Barbara Robles (1989). "Credit, Money and Production: Empirical Evidence," Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 71, no. 4, pp. 712.
  • conference

    November 19-20, 2015

    Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Annual Conference

    Practitioners & Academics Collaboration Discussion Panel, Panelist

  • conference

    November 12-14, 2015

    Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM), Annual Conference, Poster (with Marysol McGee and Mario Arthur-Bentil)

    Older Entrepreneurship in Low Income Communities: Logit Models, Socio-Economic Factors and Mapping Densities

  • conference

    August 6-7, 2015

    National Economic Association & American Society of Hispanic Economists Annual Meeting

    Economic Opportunity and Sustainability: Leveraging the Age of the 'And', Keynote

  • conference

    August 9-13, 2015

    Joint Statistical Meetings, American Statistical Association, Chair, Poster

    Working with Missing Data: Nonresponse, Imputations, and Suppressed Data, Chair

  • conference

    May 15-17, 2015

    American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference, Chair

    Topics in Public Opinion Polls, Session Chair

  • conference

    August 2-7, 2014

    Joint Statistical Meetings/American Statistical Association

    Inference, Session Chair

  • conference

    May 15-17, 2014

    AAPOR Annual Conference, Presenter, Chair, Poster

    Community Development Stakeholder Data: Exploring Local Community Conditions, Economic Inclusion and Emerging Issues

  • discussion

    March 20-21, 2014

    European Union Commission-Conference Board Roundtable

    The Future of Work and Information Technology Roundtable, Invited Participant

  • conference

    November 4-6,2013

    Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, Annual Conference

    Surveying Community Stakeholders: Exploring the Viability of a National Sampling Frame, Presenter

  • conference

    August 25-28, 2013

    59th World Statistics Congress, Irving Fisher Committee on Central Bank Statistics Session,

    Analyzing Stakeholder Data: Capturing Community Conditions, Economic Inclusion and Emerging Issues, Presenter

  • conference

    June 13-16, 2013

    Consumer Culture Theory, 8th Annual Conference

    Participative Community Development and Public Policy, Invited Presenter, Plenary Discussant

  • conference

    May 15-19, 2013

    American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)

    Evaluating Address-Based Samples II, Chair, Discussant

  • conference

    March 3-5, 2013

    National Association of Business Economists Annual Policy Conference, Poster

    Older Low Income Entrepreneurs: Exploring Data and Locale

  • conference

    October 24-26, 2012

    University of Washington at St. Louis, Symposium

    Financial Capability Across the Life-Course, Invited Presenter/Discussant

  • conference

    September 20, 2012

    CFED Annual Conference

    Immigrants' Access to Financial Products and Services, Invited Moderator

  • conference

    July 30-Aug2, 2012

    Joint Statistical Meetings/American Statistical Association

    Seasonal Time Series, Goodness-of-Fit, and Unit Roots, Session Chair

  • conference

    June 16, 2012

    National Latino Credit Union Professionals/CU National Association

    Latinos in the U.S. Economy, Conference Keynote

  • conference

    November 4, 2011

    The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Annual Meetings, Poster

    Short-Run and Long-Run Asset-Security Strategies in Tough Times: Resiliency Behaviors in Latino Low-Wealth Communities

Conference Organization
  • April 28-29, 2011 | Arlington, VA

    2011 Community Affairs Research Conference

    Board Lead

  • April 11-12, 2013 | Washington, DC

    2013 Community Affairs Research Conference

    Board Lead

  • Journal of Family and Economic Issues
  • Journal of Consumer Education
  • Journal of Rural Development
  • Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research
  • Sociological Quarterly
  • American Economic Review
  • International Migration Review
  • Journal of Boderlands Studies
  • Sociological Inquiry
  • Journal of Consumer Affairs
  • Book Reviewer: Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Arizona
  • Proposal Reviewer: National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council
Professional Affiliation
  • American Economic Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • National Association of Business Economists (NABE)
  • American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR)
  • World Association of Public Opinion Researchers (WAPOR)
  • American Society of Hispanic Economists
  • International Statistical Institute (ISI)
  • Urban Economics Association
  • Association for Research on Nonprofits Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  • International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR)
  • European Survey Research Association (ESRA)
  • National Academy of Social Insurance, Elected Fellow
  • National Tax Association (NTA)
  • International Society of Ecological Economists (ISEE)
Last update: March 18, 2017