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Joshua Lewer

Joshua Lewer

Department Chair and Associate Professor, Economics and McCord Professor of Executive Management Development

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 4136
    (309) 677-2299


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 will be published in 2016 by Cognella Academic Press. Joshua serves on the editorial board of several leading academic journals and enjoys working with students on their research projects.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles in the Last Five Years

Lewer, J. J., Gretz, R. T. (2014). Economic Integration and the Gravity Model: Explaining Immigration Patterns to Europe. Indian Journal of Economics and Business, 13(1), 91-102. 

Lewer, J. J., Weinstein, R. (2013). The Impact of Constraints on Macroeconomic Policy Effectiveness. Journal of Economics and Engineering, 4(2), 23-32. 

Pacheco, G., Lewer, J. J., Rossouw, S. (2013). Do Non-Economic Quality of Life Factors Drive Immigration? Social Indicators Research, 110(1), 1-15. 

Hillenbrand, E., Lewer, J. J., Zagardo, J. (2010). Backtracking from Globalization. Global Economy Journal, 10(4), Article 6. 

Peer Reviewed Proceedings and Presentations in the Last Five Years

Lewer, J. J., Weinstein, R., Missouri Valley Economics Association, "Implications of the Theory of Constraints for Macroeconomic Policy Effectiveness," MVEA, Memphis, Tennessee. (October, 2012).

Bonham, S., Lewer, J. J., Missouri Valley Economics Association, "U.S. Debt and the Impact of Austerity Programs," Missouri Valley Economics Association, St. Louis, Missouri. (October, 2010).

Hillenbrand, E., Lewer, J. J., Zagardo, J., University of Kentucky, "Deglobalization," Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, Lexington, Kentucky. (September, 2010).


Lewer, J. J., Scott, R. (2015). The Economic Environment of Business (Third Edition) (pp. 92.) Peoria IL.

Lewer, J. J., Scott, R. (2011). The Economic Environment of Business (Second Edition) (pp. 107). Peoria, IL.

Lewer, J. J. (2011). Principles of Macroeconomics (pp. 414). San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Press. 

Competitive Research Awards Received

Goitein, B. J. (Supporting), Weinstein, R. (Principal), Lewer, J. J., Scott, R., "OSF/UICOMP Simulation and Education Center Economic Impact," Sponsored by OSF Jump Trading Center, Private, $17,949.00. (November 2012 - April 2013). 

Leadership in Academic Societies

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Global Economy Journal, 2007 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, The Journal of Economics, 2007 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Southwestern Economic Review, 2003 - Present 


University and College

  • Bradley Student Orientation
  • Foster College of Business Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • MBA Implementation Committee
  • EMBA Implementation Committee
  • Bradley Core Practices Committee
  • University Senate


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