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Bruce A. Weber

  • Professor and Extension Economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1974-present.
  • Director, Rural Studies Program, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 2003-present.
  • Co-Director, RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center, Corvallis, 2002-present.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, 1984.
  • Project Associate, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972-1974.
  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1973.
  • Master of Science, Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972.
  • Rural Community Development Volunteer, U.S. Peace Corps, Chile, 1965-1967.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Seattle University, 1965.

Bruce Weber has developed an integrated outreach, research, and teaching program that addresses significant but often neglected public issues - poverty and hunger, state/local government finance and community economic vitality - focusing on concerns of rural people and places. With an undergraduate degree from Seattle University and graduate degrees from University of Wisconsin, he has spent his entire professional career at Oregon State University. As founding co-director of the Rural Poverty Research Center, he has briefed congressional leaders, federal agency officials, national advisory committees, and journalists on how poverty policy affects the rural poor and on the importance of local economic conditions for poverty reduction. An authority on Oregon's tax system, he directed development of the computable general equilibrium model used by legislature to analyze every major state tax proposal since 2001. He has explained impacts of proposed state tax changes to citizens and legislators and served on tax advisory committees to the legislature and Governor. As director of the Oregon State University Rural Studies Program, he leads a major university effort to engage faculty and student scholars with the state's rural communities. He has initiated three national mentoring programs that have guided over 100 emerging professionals in agricultural economics and other social sciences.