Economics Center for Education & Research

Mission

For more than four decades, the Alpaugh Family Economics Center at UC has been focused on the #WorkThatMatters. In the beginning, that meant bringing award-winning financial and economic education to teachers and students across Greater Cincinnati. The Center delivers its Susan Sargen Student Enterprise Program to thousands of students in Greater Cincinnati each year. Through that program, the children learn about budgeting, opportunity cost, making careful choices, and how good it feels to earn money and donate to causes that inspire them.

Our reach expanded to classrooms in 46 states through our award-winning and free online learning platform, $martPath. The Center has also produced an Emmy-winning set of $martPath puppet music videos which deliver fundamental economic concepts in a fun way for preschoolers. The videos star Sesame Street puppeteer (and Cincinnati native) Megan Piphus, and were produced by Cincinnati funk legend Bootsy Collins.

The Center also delivers world-class economic research and analysis to drive better decision-making by clients in the public and private sectors, serving an impressive roster of local, regional, and international clients. 

In the News

Incoming Center Executive Director Dr. David Mahon was interviewed by Local 12 in this story about how college students are coping with higher costs for rent, food, and much more. https://local12.com/news/local/local-college-students-facing-rising-costs-as-they-return-to-campus

The Center's research on behalf of Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA to measure the population, employment, and buying power of Cincinnati's Hispanic/Latino community is featured in this coverage from 91.7 WVXU: https://www.wvxu.org/local-news/2022-08-15/population-buying-power-cincinnati-hispanics-uc-study

The Federal Reserve enacted its second consecutive 0.75 percentage point interest rate hike in an effort to slow inflation without sparking a recession. Local 12 News interviewed the Center's Dr. David Mahon about what this means for consumers and corporations. https://twitter.com/marellasp/status/1552404321135992833

UC’s Economic Center has released new puppet music videos to bring financial education to preschoolers: https://www.wvxu.org/media/2020-02-12/uc-music-videos-teach-financial-literacy-to-kids