Bruce Weinberg

Bruce Weinberg

Bruce Weinberg

Eric Bryson Fix-Monda Endowed Professor


446 Arps Hall
1945 N. High St.
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Changes in the Wage Structure
  • Family and Neighborhood Determinants of Youth Outcomes and B
  • Innovation and Creativity


  • University of Chicago, B. A., with Honors, Economics, 1991
  • University of Chicago, Ph.D., Economics, 1996

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 now Professor of Economics and Public Affairs. His research has been published in journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, and Science. This research spans three areas. The first is the economics of innovation and creativity. This work studies the production, diffusion, and value of innovations, including how creativity varies over the life cycle, how an individual’s own creativity is affected by the presence of other important innovators, and disparities among researchers. The second area is family and neighborhood determinants of youth outcomes and behavior. This work studies how youth behaviors, including employment, delinquency, cognitive development, and risky behaviors, are affected by their families and peer groups. The third research area concerns 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, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is a Research Associate at the NBER and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute for Labor, Bonn. He is an associate editor of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIA, NIGMS, NCATS, OBSSR), the National Science Foundation (EHR, Economics, SciSIP), and the Kauffman, Sloan, and Templeton Foundations. He has advised policy makers at a variety of levels and served on two Working Groups of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (the Next Generation and Biomedical Research Workforce, where he co-chaired the modeling subcommittee). His work has been covered publicly in/on the Economic Report of the President, ABC Radio, BBC Radio, CNN, NPR, all leading U.S. newspapers, and in outlets across the world.