Dr. Jamie Wagner Tackles Inequality and Empowerment in Economics – University of Nebraska Omaha

by | Mar 14, 2022 | Financial

Inspired by her family, and seeking to inspire equality and accessibility in economics, Dr. Jamie Wagner, Associate Professor of Economics, is strengthening economic education and financial literacy opportunities for Nebraska. Wagner recently received two grants in pursuit of a Personal Finance Institute and implementation of a new curriculum in Ethics, Economics, and Social Issues. For her research efforts, she’s also been awarded two honors from the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE).
What’s driven Wagner in these pursuits is largely family. When her grandpa passed away, Wagner saw first-hand how important it was for economic education to be accessible and widespread, especially for women.
“I had seen the struggle my grandma went through after my grandpa passed away – they were a traditional married couple. My grandpa took care of work and finances, and my grandma took care of all the housework and raising babies,” said Wagner. “So when my grandpa passed away, my grandma literally did not know what to do. She didn’t know anything about her money or if she could even buy groceries (she was/is financially and physically fine). Luckily my dad takes care of it and helps her, but there are so many women who are in a similar situation without that support.”
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