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.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10081

Public support of research typically relies on the notion that universities are engines of economic development, and that university research is a primary driver of high wage localized economic activity. Yet the evidence supporting that notion is based on aggregate descriptive data, rather than detailed links at the level of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8556

Longitudinal micro-data derived from transaction level information about wage and vendor payments made by federal grants on multiple U.S. campuses are being developed in a partnership involving researchers, university administrators, representatives of federal agencies, and others. This paper describes the UMETRICS data initiative that has been implemented under the auspices...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4285
published in: Pacific Economic Review, 2009, 14(4), 502-515

People use information about their ability to choose tasks. If more challenging tasks provide more accurate information about ability, people who care about and who are risk averse over their perception of their own ability will choose tasks that are not sufficiently challenging. Overestimation of ability raises utility by deluding...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 2466
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2008, 43 (4), 815-858

This paper develops a framework to understand the role of interpersonal interactions in the labor market including task assignment and wages. Effective interpersonal interactions involve caring, to establish cooperation, and at the same time directness, to communicate in an unambiguous way. The ability to perform these tasks varies with personality...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1494
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2014, 67 (2), 287-334

Despite indications that interpersonal interactions are important for understanding individual labor-market outcomes and have become more important over the last decades, there is little analysis by economists. This paper shows that interpersonal interactions are important determinants of labor-market outcomes, including occupations and wages. We show that technological and organizational changes...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1207
Masanori Hashimoto, Rick Percy, Teresa Schoellner, Bruce A. Weinberg

We investigate the effects of maternity leave coverage on women’s post-birth wages, job tenure, and labor market attachment. We pay particular attention to unobservable characteristics that are correlated with maternity leave coverage and that affect labor market outcomes. We use a control sample, as well as a range of control...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1051

Vintage human capital models imply that young workers will be the primary adopters and beneficiaries of new technologies. Because technological progress in general, and computers in particular, may be skill-biased and because human capital increases over the lifecycle, technological change may favor experienced workers. This paper estimates the relationship between...