Bob Weinstein


Baker Hall 207

Ph.D., Economics, University of Texas at Austin
MBA, Economic Organization & Public Policy, University of Missouri at Kansas City
B.B.A., Accounting, University of Missouri at Kansas City


Bob came to Bradley in 1980, to join the faculty of the Department of Economics and serve as Executive Director of the Institute for Urban Affairs and Business Research.  In 1984, he was selected to serve as Associate Provost for Research.  In 1986, his responsibilities were extended to include the Graduate School and Continuing Education.  Bob served as Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School until 1996, at which time he took a leave from his role at Bradley to serve as President of the Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center, a not-for-profit corporation affiliated with Bradley and many of the Illinois’ other universities. He retired from his role in IMEC in August, 2011 and returned to his position as a Professor of Economics at Bradley.

Bob received his Ph.D. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1973.  He also received an M.B.A in Economic Organization & Public Policy and a B.B.A. in Accounting, both from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  Prior to joining the faculty at Bradley, he served on the Economics faculties of Wright State University, Ohio State University, and Penn State University.   


Dr. Weinstein teaches courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, urban-regional economics, and supply chain.  He is currently working on a new course in supply chain economics to help students understand the changing nature of today's global enterprises and the factors impacting the competitiveness of U.S. supply chains.

Courses Currently Teaching (2012-13 academic year)

  • ECO 221:  Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 325:  Urban Economics
  • ECO 399:  Topics in Economics-Supply Chain Economics
  • ECO 400:  Economics Colloquium
  • ECO 498:  Senior Seminar Economics


Over his career, Bob has been awarded more than $130,000,000 in externally funded grants and contacts.  He has published over 75 articles and research monographs on topics related to urban regional economic development, labor economics, cost-benefit analysis, and energy economics. 

Bob's current primary areas of research include supply chain competitiveness, economic impacts of population growth and demographic shifts, urban-regional economic development strategy, and program evaluation.

Research Publications:

The following are a few selected publications in Scholarly Journals.
In addition, Dr. Weinstein has made numerous presentations at
conferences and published articles in "trade" publications.  A full list
of publications is available upon request.

The following are a few selected publications in Scholarly Journals.In addition, Dr. Weinstein has made numerous presentations atconferences and published articles in "trade" publications.  A full listof publications is available upon request.


  • Optimality of Recycling and the Location of a Recycling Center Optimality of Recycling and the Location of a Recycling Center," Jour-nal of Regional Science, with Janet Highfill and Mike McAsey, Vol. 34, No. 4 (1994), pp. 583-597.
  • Tax Restructuring in Peoria Illinois:  Food for Thought:  A Reply," Interfaces, with James L. Chrisman et. al., Vol. 21 No 2 (March-April, 1991), pp. 88-92.
  • A Multi-objective Linear Programming Methodology for Public Sector Tax Planning," Interfaces, with Dr. Jim Chrisman et. al., Vol. 19, No. 5 (September-October, 1989), pp. 13-30.
  • Measurement of  Free-Riders in Energy Conservation Programs," Evalua-tion and Program Planning, with Dr. Bob Scott and Mr. Curtis Jones, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1989, pp. 121-130.
  • Japanese Sogo Shosha and the U.S. Export Trading Companies," with Drs. Lyn Amine and S. Tamer Cavusgil, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, (Fall 1986), pp. 21-32.
  • Evaluating Promotional Dimensions of Energy Conservation Programs by Utility Companies", with Drs. Bernard Goitein and S. Tamer Cavusgil, International Journal of Advertising, Vol. 4 (1985), pp. 95-104.
  • Developing University Linkages with the Private Sector: The Potential of  Regional Survey Research Panels."  Readings in Business and Economic Research Management, Vol. 3 (1982), pp. 50-60.
  • Union-Nonunion Wage Differentials Over the Business Cycle:  A Bilat-eral Monopoly Model," The Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 9 (Sept., 1981), pp. 44-49.
  • Probabilistic Income Maximizing Behavior in Regional Migration:  An Empirical Analysis," with Dr. Richard Evans.  The Review of Regional Studies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring, 1980), pp. 48-56.


Dr. Weinstein's service activities include:


University, College, and Department

College Assurance of Learning Committee



    Dr. Weinstein has served as a consultant to numerous companies including Caterpillar, Boeing, and Deere & Company.  He has also participated in numerous working groups and committees within the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  Recently, he served as Co-Chair of the City of Chicago Strategic Industries taskforce and on the executive committee of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council.