Weber’s research cuts across the topics of energy, the environment, and well-being. He regularly engages non-academic audiences and has extensive policy experience, having worked at a Federal statistical agency (the USDA Economic Research Service) and the White House (the Council of Economic Advisers).


Teaching and Research Areas

Weber’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Quantitative methods for policy analysis
  • Environmental and energy economics and policy
  • Natural resources and local well-being


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • “How Should We Think about Environmental Policy and Jobs? An Analogy with Trade Policy and an Illustration from U.S. Coal Mining”, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 14(1): 44-66, 2020.
  • “How Local Economic Conditions Affect School Finances, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement: Evidence from the Texas Shale Boom” with J. Marchand, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 39(1): 36-63, 2020.
  • “Fracking and Radon: Spurious Correlation or Cause for Concern?” with K. Black and S. McCoy, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 95: 255-273, 2019.
  • “A Quantitative Description of State-Level Taxation of Oil and Gas Production in the Continental U.S.” with Yongsheng Wang and Maxwell Chomas, Energy Policy 96: 289-301, 2016.


Awards and Honors

  • Juniata College Young Alumni Achievement Award (2020)
  • Best Working Paper of the Year, US/International Association for Energy Economics (2019)
  • Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article (2019)
  • Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation Faculty Fellowship in Sustainability (2015)
  • Henry C. Taylor Doctoral Dissertation Award, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011)


Consultancies and Public Services

  • White House Council of Economic Advisers, Chief Economist for Energy Policy and Senior Adviser to the Council (2019-2020)
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences (Committee on National Statistics) panel to review data collection and measurement by U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Consultant, World Bank Development Economics Group (2009)


Other Faculty or Academic Positions

  • Guest Editor, Economic Inquiry special issue on the New Energy Economics
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Master’s Program in Applied Economics (2013)