Bruce A. Weinberg received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1996 before joining the faculty at the Ohio State University, where he is Professor of Economics and Public Administration. His research, which has been published in journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and The Journal of Labor Economics, spans three areas:
1. The economics of creativity and innovation. This work studies how creativity and innovation varies over the life cycle and how an individual’s own creativity is affected by the presence of other important innovators. He also studies trends in innovative competitiveness.
2. The determinants of youth outcomes and behavior. This work studies how youths behaviors, including employment, delinquency, cognitive development, and risky behaviors, are affected by their families and peer groups.
3. Technological change, industrial shifts, and the wage structure. This work studies how computerization and the shift from manufacturing to services have affected the gender wage gap, the racial wage gap, and the returns to experience.
He has held visiting positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he was a National Fellow (2000-2001); and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he was a Visiting Scholar (2004-2005). He is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Labor (IZA), Bonn and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is an associate editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economic at the Ohio State University.
His research has been supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Templeton Foundation. It has received public coverage in/on the Economic Report of the President, 1999, ABC Radio News, Business Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, CNN, The Columbus Dispatch, The Economist, The Financial Times; MSN/Slate, NBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report and outside the United States in Britain, Canada, and Russia.