Joshua Lewer

McCord Professor of Executive Management Development

Baker Hall 210
(309) 677-2301

Ph.D., Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Economics and Business Administration, Augustana College


Joshua Lewer has been a member of the Department of Economics faculty at Bradley University since 2007.  He is also research fellow for the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany.  Prior to coming to Bradley, Joshua was the Gene Edwards Professor of Banking at West Texas A&M University.  Outside of academics, he has also been a registered representative with Prudential Investments.


Warren Buffett once said, “Economics tends to put people to sleep.”  While it is true that economic analysis is often a difficult and complex subject for students, Dr. Lewer strives to teach it in a manner that is both exciting and relevant.  His overall teaching philosophy revolves around guided learning whereby students are challenged to solve problems related to various national and global issues by applying various economic analyses.

Dr. Lewer has won several teaching awards including the First Year Teaching Award at Bradley University in 2008.

Courses Currently Teaching

  • ECO 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 333 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECO 608 US Business Cycles in International Economics
  • EMBA Courses in Economics
  • Powering Up
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)


Dr. Lewer's research interests are in the fields of globalization and economic growth and has published over 40 refereed journal articles in those areas. In 2007, his first book entitled International Trade and Economic Growth was published by M.E. Sharpe and the second edition of his Principles of Macroeconomics was published in 2015 by Cognella Academic Press. Joshua serves on the editorial board of several leading academic journals and enjoys working with students on their research projects.


  • Lewer, Joshua J. (2012) Principles of Macroeconomics, San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Press. (ISBN 978-1-60927-091-9).
  • Van den Berg, Hendrik and Joshua J. Lewer (2007) International Trade and Economic Growth, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (ISBN 978-0-7656-1802-3).

Selected Journal Articles

  • Pacheco, Gail, Joshua J. Lewer and Stephanié Rossouw (forthcoming) "Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration?" Social Indicators Research.
  •  Hillenbrand, Evan, Joshua J. Lewer and Janice Zigardo (2010) "Backtracking from Globalization" Global Economy Journal, Vol. 10(4), Article 6 (
  • Lewer, Joshua J. and Hendrik Van den Berg (2009) “Does Immigration Stimulate International Trade? Measuring the Potential Channels of Influence,” The International Trade Journal, Vol. 23(2), pp. 187-230.
  • Bodvarsson, Örn B., Van den Berg, Hendrik and Joshua J. Lewer (2008) “Measuring Immigration’s Effect on Labor Demand: A Reexamination of the Mariel Boatlift,” Labour Economics, Vol. 15(4), pp. 560-574.
  • Lewer, Joshua J. and Hendrik Van den Berg (2008) “A Gravity Model of Immigration,” Economics Letters, Vol. 99(1), pp. 164-167.
  • Lewer, Joshua J., R. Nicholas Gerlich and Doyle Lucas (2008) “The Impact of Christian Education and Curriculum on Illegal Media File Sharing Attitudes and Behavior,” Christian Business Academy Review, Vol. 3(1), pp. 70-79.
  • Lewer, Joshua J. and Hendrik Van den Berg (2007) “Estimating the Institutional and Network Effects of Religious Cultures on International Trade,” Kyklos, Vol. 60(2), pp. 255-277.
  • Lewer, Joshua J. and Mariana Sáenz (2005) “Derechos de Propiedad en Crecimiento Económico,” Comercio Exterior, Vol. 55(11), pp. 948-953.



  • Editorial Review Board, Global Economy Journal
  • Editorial Review Board, The Journal of Economics

University and College

  • Bradley Student Orientation
  • OTEFD, Innovative Teaching Panel
  • FCBA Undergraduate Curriculum Committee


  • Heartland Partnership, Economic Consultant
  • South Side Mission, Jobs Partnership Program