Shlomo Weber

Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor of Economics, SMU

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Shlomo Weber, Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor of Economics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, and the Leading Scientist,  the Center for Study of Diversity and Social Interactions, New Economic School, Moscow. He holds M.Sc. cum laude in Mathematics from Moscow State University and Ph.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Professor Weber served as the Chairman of the Department of Economics at SMU, the Research Director of CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics) at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and the Academic Director of the International School of Economics, Tbilisi, Georgia. He received various international prizes, including Alexander von Humboldt Prize for outstanding foreign scientists and the 3rd wave Megagrant Award for outstanding scientists from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. Professor Weber serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of  GDN (Global Development  Network)  and of the International Advisory Board of EERC (Economic Education Research Consortium).  He serves as the International Scholar on Behalf of HESP-AFP at the National University of Mongolia.

Professor Weber published more than 100 articles in leading journals in economics and political science. His recent interests focus on documentation, measurement, and impact of societal diversity and social interactions in heterogeneous societies. His recent book (jointly with Victor Ginsburgh) on “How many languages do we need? Economics of linguistic diversity” has been published by the Princeton University Press. He also edited (jointly with Michael Alexeev)  “The Oxford Handbook of Russian Economy”, the most comprehensive description of the current state of Russian Economy, that has been published in 2013 by the Oxford University Press.

Education and Honors

  • Ph.D., Mathematical Economics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • M.Sc., Mathematics, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  • Chair, Finance and Audit Committee, GDN
  • Member of the Academic Council, Ural Federal University, Russia 

Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • "Palgrave Handbook of Economics and Language” (with V. Ginsburgh) eds., McMillan Publishers, forthcoming.
  • "Local Taxation of Global Corporation: A Simple Solution” (with J. Hindriks and S. Peralta), Annales of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming.
  • "Oxford Handbook of Russian Economy” (with M. Alexeev), eds., Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • "Economics of Linguistic Diversity” (with V. Ginsburgh) April 2011, Princeton University Press.
  • "Russian Economy” (with M. Alexeev), The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • "Break-up of Countries and Unions: Simple Theory and Quantitative Analysis" (with  K. Desmet, M. Le Breton and I. Ortuno-Ortin), Journal of Economic Growth, 2011,  (16), 183-213.
  • "Bilingualism and Communicative Benefits" (with J-J. Gabszewicz and V.Ginsburgh) Annales d’Economie et de Statistique, 2011, (102), 271-286.
  • "Economics of Literary Translation: A Simple Theory and Evidence" (with V. Ginsburgh and S. Weyers), Journal of Poetics,  2011,  (39), 228-246.