The National Center for Research in Economic Education is a resource for those seeking
assistance with research and evaluation projects in economic education.
The National Center conducts research studies, evaluates programs, conducts surveys,
and consults with organizations on special projects. This work advances our understanding
of economic education.
The National Center helped develop the widely-used Test of Economic Literacy for
senior high schools, the Test of Economic Knowledge for middle high schools, the
Test of Understanding of College Economics (TUCE) for principles courses, and the
Basic Economics Test for elementary schools. These tests are published by the National Council on Economic
Education. The National Center has conducted national surveys on economic
literacy and entrepreneurship in association with The Gallup Organization.
Results from National Center investigations are presented at professional meetings,
described in research reports, and released to the public. National Center studies
have been published in the
Journal of Economic Education, the Journal of Economic Literature, the American
Economic Review and other scholarly journals.
The National Center made major contributions to such scholarly books as, Econometric
Modeling in Economic Education (1987), The Principles of Economics Course (1990),
Effective Economic Education in the Schools (1991), An International Perspective
on Economics Education (1994), and Secondary Economics and Business Education (1996),
Teaching Undergraduate Economics: A Handbook for Instruction (1998), and Reforming
Economics and Economics Teaching in the Transition Economies (2004). Findings from
National Center studies have been reported in the New York Times, Washington Post,
Wall Street Journal, Time, U.S. News and World Report, and other newspapers and
The National Center is a resource for those parties seeking answers to research
questions. It responds to requests for information and helps make connections with
other researchers who are working on similar projects.
REED is a comprehensive database of research articles developed by the National
Center. This easy-to-use database provides immediate access to research information
on many topics. REED is updated annually by the National Center.
Development of National Data Sets
The National Center archives and prepares data sets of national importance for advancing
in economic education.
The National Center provides a unique opportunity for M.A. and Ph.D. students in
economics at Nebraska to specialize in economic education as part of their program.
There are benefits to the nation from these experiences because these graduates
then make contributions to economic education at other institutions (See the
Department of Economics Web Page for information on the economics graduate
The National Center participates in national programs and workshops to improve the
economics teaching of college faculty and graduate students. For information, see
Innovations Programs (TIP) in economics at the website for the Committee
on Economic Education of the American Economic Association.
The National Center was established in 1984 at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is a unit of the
Economic Education program and the Department of
Economics in the College of Business Administration.
The National Center is affiliated at the state level with the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. The National Center
is affiliated at the national level with the National Council on Economic Education. The National Council
formally designated the National Center to serve as its specialized center for research
and evaluation for its network of 50 state councils and 275 college and university
centers for economic education.
For additional information on economic education at the national level see the EconWeb.