Bruce A. Weber

Professor
Director, Rural Studies Program
Rm #240G Ballard Extension Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis Oregon 97331-3601
bruce.weber@oregonstate.edu
541.737.1432
541.737.2563

 

Research Interest Statement

  • rural economics and policy
  • poverty, inequality, hunger and the social safety net in rural areas
  • rural studies

My current research projects focus on the causes of poverty and hunger in rural areas, particularly on the interaction of community characteristics, public policy and household economic outcomes for low-income people.

Biographical Sketch

Bruce Weber is professor of Applied Economics and Extension Economist, and Director of the OSU Rural Studies Program. He was co-director of the RUPRI Rural Poverty Research Center during the early 2000s. His current Extension programs deal with rural policy and the economic and social conditions in rural communities. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association.

Selected Recent Journal Articles

Lewin, Paul, Bruce Weber and David Holland, Core-periphery dynamics in the Portland, Oregon, region: 1982-2006. Annals of Regional Science. 51 (2): 411-433. October 2013 DOI 10.1007/s00168-013-0552-6.

Chen, Yong, Lena Etuk and Bruce Weber. Are small communities at risk of population loss? Annals of Regional Science. DOI 10.1007/s00168-012-0541-1.

Castle, Emery N., JunJie Wu, and Bruce A. Weber. “Place Orientation and Rural–Urban Interdependence.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy (Summer 2011) 33 (2): 179-204. doi: 10.1093/aepp/ppr009.

Lewin, Paul, Monica Fisher and Bruce Weber.  “Do Rainfall Conditions Push or Pull Rural Migrants? Evidence from Malawi,” Agricultural Economics 43(2):191-204, March 2012.

Chen, Yong and Bruce Weber,  “Federal Policy, Rural Community Growth, and Wealth Creation: The Impact of the Federal Forest Policy and Rural Development Spending in the Pacific Northwest” American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 94(2):542-548. January 2012.

Castle, Emery N., JunJie Wu and Bruce A. Weber, “Place Orientation and Rural-urban Interdependence,” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 33(2): 179-204.  Summer 2011. doi:10.1093/aepp/ppr009.

Weber, Bruce, Alexander Marre, Monica Fisher, Robert Gibbs and John Cromartie, “Education’s Effect on Poverty: The Role of Migration,” Review of Agricultural Economics, 29(3):437-445 Fall 2007

Weber, Bruce A., “Rural Poverty:  Why Should States Care and What Can State Policy Do?” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Vol. 37(1): 48-52, 2007. http://www.jrap-journal.org/pastvolumes/2000/v37/F37-1-weber.pdf

Edwards, Mark, Stephanie Bernell, and Bruce Weber, "Identifying Factors That Influence State-Specific Hunger Rates in the U.S.: A Simple Analytic Method for Understanding a Persistent Problem," Social Indicators Research, 81:579-595 (2007)

Bernell, Stephanie, Mark Edwards and Bruce Weber, "Restricted Opportunities, Unfortunate Personal Choices, Ineffective Policies? What Explains Food Insecurity in Oregon," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 31(2): 193-211, August 2006.

Weber, Bruce, Leif Jensen, Kathleen Miller, Jane Mosley and Monica Fisher, "A Critical Review of Rural Poverty Literature: Is There Truly a Rural Effect?" International Regional Science Review, 28(4): 381-414, October 2005.

Crandall, Mindy S. and Bruce A. Weber, "Local Social and Economic Conditions, Spatial Concentrations of Poverty and Poverty Dynamics," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 86(5):1276-1281, December 2004.

Fisher, Monica G. and Bruce A. Weber, "Does Economic Vulnerability Depend on Place of Residence? Asset Poverty across Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas," The Review of Regional Studies, 34(2): 137-155, Fall 2004.

Weber, Bruce, Mark Edwards and Greg Duncan, "Single Mother Work And Poverty Under Welfare Reform: Are Policy Impacts Different In Rural Areas?" Eastern Economic Journal, 30(1):31-51, Winter 2004.

Davis, Elizabeth E., Laura S. Connolly and Bruce A. Weber, "Local Labor Market Conditions and the Jobless Poor: How Much Does Local Job Growth Help in Rural Areas?" Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 28(3):503-518, December 2003.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

Martin, Sheila, and Bruce Weber, “A Tale of Two Oregons: Common Aspirations, Different Contexts and Critical Interdependencies in Urban and Rural Oregon”, Chapter 2 in Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, Bruce Weber and Beth Emshoff, editors. Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. 2011.

Holland, David, Paul Lewin, Bruce Sorte, and Bruce Weber, “The Declining Economic Interdependence of the Portland Metropolitan Core and its Periphery” Chapter 5 in Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, Bruce Weber, and Beth Emshoff, editors. Toward One Oregon: Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. 2011.

Weber, Bruce and Mindy Crandall, “Impacts of Welfare Reform on Rural People and Places in the United States,” Chapter 2 in Welfare Reform in Rural Places, Paul Milbourne, editor, Bingley UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2010.

Wu, JunJie, Paul W. Barkley, and Bruce A. Weber, editors, Frontiers in Resource and Rural Economics, Washington DC: Resources for the Future Press, 2008.

Weber, Bruce A., “People and Places at the Ragged Edge: Place-based Policy for Reducing Rural Poverty”, Chapter 8 in Frontiers in Resource and Rural Economics, Junjie Wu, Paul W. Barkley, and Bruce A. Weber, editors, Washington DC: Resources for the Future Press, 2008.

Weber, Bruce A., Greg J. Duncan, and Leslie A. Whitener, editors, Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform: Welfare, Food Assistance and Poverty in Rural America. Kalamazoo MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2002.

Leslie A. Whitener, Bruce A. Weber, and Greg J. Duncan, "As the Dust Settles: A Post-Welfare Reform Look at Rural America" in Weber, Bruce A., Greg J. Duncan, and Leslie S. Whitener, editors, Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform: Welfare, Food Assistance and Poverty in Rural America. Kalamazoo MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2002.

Duncan, Greg J., Leslie A. Whitener, and Bruce A. Weber, "Lessons Learned: Welfare Reform and Food Assistance in Rural America," in Bruce A. Weber, Greg J. Duncan, and Leslie S. Whitener, editors, Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform: Welfare, Food Assistance and Poverty in Rural America. Kalamazoo MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2002.

Teaching

AEC/RS 421/521 Rural Poverty and the U.S. Social Safety Net
RS 512 Introduction to Rural Studies
RS 513 Contemporary Rural Issues