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Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction
Saint Louis University

M.A. Economic Education
University of Delaware

M.S. Teacher Education
Bemidji State University

B.S. Social Studies Education
Minnesota State University Moorhead


Contact Info

Phone: (314) 444-8624
Fax: (314) 444-8350
Email: scott.a.wolla@stls.frb.org

Research Division
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
P.O. Box 442
St. Louis, MO 63166-0442

For media inquiries contact:
Christine Smith
mediainquiries@stls.frb.org
Phone: (314) 306-9828

Scott A. Wolla

Economic Education Coordinator

Scott Wolla is an economic education coordinator at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where he develops economics curricula including lessons, online learning modules, videos, and podcasts. He regularly gives presentations on topics related to economic education. He has published articles in journals such as Journal of Economic Education, The American Economist, Social Education, and Journal of Economics Teaching. He is currently the chair of Federal Reserve Education and is a member of the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) executive board. In 2020 he received the Bessie B. Moore Service Award from the National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE). Prior to the St. Louis Fed, Scott taught social studies in Minnesota for fourteen years. He currently teaches economics as an adjunct at Washington University in St. Louis.

Selected Publications

"Fixing the ‘Curriculum Lag’ in Economics: The new tools the Fed is using to influence the economy," Social Education, National Council for the Social Studies, 84(2), p. 93-99, 2020.

"A Survey of Federal Reserve Economic Education Programs and Resources," The Journal of Economic Education 51:1, 68-79, 2020. (with Andrew Hill).

"Segmenting Education Content: Long-form vs. Short-form Online Learning Modules," The American Journal of Distance Education, 33(2) pp. 108-119, 2019. (with Diego Méndez-Carbajo).

"The Economics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics," Social Education. National Council for the Social Studies, 83(2), pp. 83-87, 2019. (with Mark Schug and William Wood)

"The Textbook Treatment of Net Exports: Will the Uninformed Reader Understand?," Journal of Economics Teaching, 3(2), pp. 233-253, 2018.

"One Small Spoonful at a Time: Long-form vs. Short-form Financial Education Learning Modules," Empirische Pädagogik [Empirical Pedagogy], 32(3/4), pp. 401-415, 2018. (with Diego Méndez-Carbajo)

"Would Increasing the Minimum Wage Reduce Poverty?" chapter in Teaching C3 Framework with the Inquiry Design Model. Edited by S.G. Grant, John Lee, and Kathy Swan. Published by the National Council for the Social Studies, 2018. (with Eva Johnston)

"Federal Reserve Policy: Managing Both Sides of the Dual Mandate," Social Education, National Council for the Social Studies, 82(2), 87-90, 2018. (with Kevin Kliesen)

"Yours, Mine, and the Truth: Using a Structured Minimum Wage Debate to Teach Core Economic Principles," The American Economist, 63(2), pp. 245-259, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/0569434517736241.

"Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Online Module for Increasing Economic Literacy," Social Studies Research and Practice, Vol. 12 Issue: 2, pp.154-167, 2017; https://doi.org/10.1108/SSRP-04-2017-0014.

"Invest in Human Capital to Build a Better Future," a chapter in Economic Literacy for Life: Today's Lessons = Tomorrow's Financial Stability and Success, Annual Report 2016, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2017.

"China's Rapid Economic Rise: A New Application of an Old Recipe," Social Education, National Council for the Social Studies, 81(2), pp 93-97, 2017. (with Yi Wen)

"Math and History Connections for Middle School Economics," a chapter in Innovations in Economic Education: Promising Practices for Teachers and Students K-16. Edited by Mary Beth Henning. Published by Routledge, 2016. (with Sara Barnett)

"Why Do We Call it The 'Great' Depression?," a chapter in Teaching theFramework: A Guide to Inquiry-Based Instruction in the Social Studies. Edited by Kathy Swan and John Lee. Published by the National Council for the Social Studies, 2014. (with M. Suiter and B. Flowers)

"Job Market Signaling: An Active Learning Approach for Teaching Education, Income, and Employment," Social Studies Research and Practice, Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 2014.

"Why Didn't China Discover the New World?," Social Education, National Council for the Social Studies, Vol. 77, No. 2 (March / April 2013), pp 68-73.

Selected Page One Economics

"Independence, Accountability, and the Federal Reserve System" Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 2020.

"A New Frontier: Monetary Policy with Ample Reserves" Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, May 2019.

"The Economics of Flying: How Competitive Are the Friendly Skies?" Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, November 2018.

"Will Robots Take Our Jobs?" Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, January 2018.

"Does International Trade Create Winners and Losers?" (with Anna Esenther) Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, November 2017.

"Why Are Some Countries Rich and Others Poor?" Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, September 2017.

"International Trade: Making Sense of the Trade Deficit," Page One Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, November 2016.

Honors and Awards

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Bessie B. Moore Service Award, 2020.

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: Using a Structured Minimum Wage Debate in the Economics Classroom, 2019

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: Using Reading Q&A and Page One Economics to Address Controversial Topics with Economic Reasoning, 2018

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President's Award for Innovation: Women in Economics Symposium and Podcast Series, 2018

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: Making Personal Finance Decisions, 2017

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: Page One: The Productivity Puzzle, 2017

Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Education Program of the Year: Making Personal Finance Decisions, 2017

Emerald Literati Award, Social Studies Research and Practice, Best Paper, 2017

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President's Award for System Leadership: OMWI Leadership: Bringing Economics to Everyone, 2017

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: The Great Inflation, 2016

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: Page One Economics: The Gold Standard, 2016

J.J. O'Brien Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Saint Louis University, 2016

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: Supply and Demand Online Course, 2015

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: The Free Silver Movement and Inflation, 2015

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Gold Curriculum Award: The Arsenal of Democracy, 2015

AVA Digital Gold Award: Economic Lowdown Circular Flow video, 2014

3M Economic Educator Excellence Award, Minnesota Council on Economic Education, 2006

High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year, Minnesota Council for the Social Studies, 2006

NASDAQ National Teaching Awards, Midwest Regional Winner, Council on Economic Education, 2005

Innovative Economic Educator Award, Minnesota Council on Economic Education, 2003

Professional Memberships and Service

Federal Reserve System Economic Education Committee, chair, 2019-2020

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE), executive committee, 2020-2023

National Association for Business Economics, 2019-present

Federal Reserve System Economic Education Committee, vice chair, chair-elect, 2017-2018

THRIVE System Leadership Initiative, October 22-26, 2017

Federal Reserve Economic Education Professional Development Committee, co-chair, 2016-2017

Federal Reserve System Economic Education Leads Committee, 2015-present

Feducation Committee Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2012-present

Federal Reserve Economic Education Technology Committee, chair, 2013-2014

Council for Economic Education (CEE) Advisory Committee, 2012-2016

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) Professional Development Committee, 2016-present

American Economic Association (AEA), 2012-present

National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE), 2010-present

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), 2010-present