Maurice MacDonald

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. in Economics with an emphasis in Economic Demography & Econometrics, University of Michigan, 1974
  • A.M. in Economics, University of Michigan, 1971
  • A.B. in Economics, University of California-Santa Cruz, 1969
  • A.A., Modesto Junior College, 1967

Areas of Specialization

  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Family Economic Behavior
  • Economics and Public Policy of Aging

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

  • Survey research methods
  • Consumer portfolio allocation
  • Life course changes in economic status and financial well-being
  • Student loans and educational outcomes

Courses Taught

  • PFP 105 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning
  • PFP 462 Personal Investment Concepts I
  • PFP 468
  • PFP 808 Research Applications in PFP
  • PFP 825
  • PFP 835 Professional Practices in PFP
  • PFP 890
  • PFP 900 Doctoral Research Seminar
  • FSHS 825 Family Resource Management

Professional Biography

Maurice MacDonald's scholarship in family economics spans from measures of personal and family economic well-being and income adequacy, to intergenerational wealth transfer, to the economic status of children, college students and the oldest old. MacDonald has received research grants from the Social Security Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging. His work has also won several awards for teaching, administration and research. He has led the development of distance education graduate degree programs in Personal Financial Planning, and for the M.S. in Family and Community Services with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.

Personal Information

In addition to his duties at K-State, MacDonald has served on the Pawnee Mental Health Foundation Advisory Board. He is married to Jeanne MacDonald; they have eight adult children and eight grandchildren.

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