David Roberts

Professor Emeritus

Professor Roberts teaches Economics, Money, Banking and International Finance, Decision Science, and Modeling and Forecasting.  He has taught at the State University of New York, Howard University, Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Southern California.  He has also lectured in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Asia.  He was a visiting financial economist at the National Credit Union Administration in Washington, DC, and is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Economic Association and the American Statistical Association.

Professor Roberts' research has focused on the transmission of wealth effects to aggregate economic variables and on the internationalization of small and medium-sized firms.  His research has been presented in professional journals and conference proceedings. He co-directs the Institute's Business and Economic Development Center, which provides joint faculty-student applied research opportunities.  Recent projects include forecasting the economic impact of national golf tournaments and forecasting telecommunications growth in selected European and South American countries.


Economic theory, modeling and forecasting, monetary policy


PhD, Economics, University of Southern California; MA, Economics, California State University, Los Angeles; BA, Economics, California State University, Northridge

Course List

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IMGT 8542 - Decision Sciences      

This course provides students with selected tools that can be used to assist quantitative decision-making. To achieve this, we will discuss the use of statistical and other quantitative tools used to improve decision-making under conditions of risk, certainty, or uncertainty. Computer based exercises will be used to augment lecture materials and to demonstrate application of quantitative techniques and supporting technology.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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IMGT 8623 - Money, Banking & Intl Finance      

This course is designed to introduce the theory and operation of the financial systems. Particular emphasis will be given to the operation of the financial system. Topics to be covered include the structure and operation of the Federal Reserve System (FRS), the functions and impact of non-bank financial institutions, the ongoing and significant institutional modifications occurring in the US and the global financial system, some basics of monetary and aggregate economic theory, and the conduct of monetary policy. The course assists students in understanding the relationships between economic variables, (prices, money stocks, output, and employment), and institutional entities, (Central Banks, Commercial Banks, Non-Bank Financial intermediaries, the Treasury, the FED, and the IMF, ECB). In addition, students will develop a set of tools for analyzing and evaluating changes in these economic and institutional variables. This course will prepare students for further study in international finance and banking.

Fall 2011 - MIIS

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IMGT 8642 - Modeling & Forecasting      

This course will focus on the theory and application of statistical and economic modeling tools and techniques. Multiple regression and time series forecasting techniques will be examined and applied to primary and secondary data in order to foster an understanding of the appropriate uses and limitations of the modeling and forecasting process. Several computer-based statistical and modeling programs will be used during this semester. This course focuses on the design, estimation and use of models and their application. By the end of the semester students should be able to independently design a modeling activity that addresses an empirical question or issue, select and apply appropriate statistics for estimating and evaluating the estimated model, and present their results to a wide variety of audiences.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS

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