Interested in the consequences of oil and gas development and the policies governing it, Weber’s research focuses on energy, agriculture, the environment, and general well being. A Pennsylvania native coming from an agriculturally rich region, he enjoys studying issues linked to farming and rural households, in the U.S. and abroad. 


Teaching and Research Areas

Weber’s research focuses on these key areas:

  • Energy and natural resource economics
  • Agricultural economics
  • Development economics


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • “Farmland Values, Land Ownership, and Return to Farmland, 2000-2016,” with C. Burns, N. Key, S. Tulman, and A. Borchers. USDA Economic Research Report 245, 2018.
  • “Local labor markets and natural resources: A synthesis of the literature” with J. Marchand, Journal of Economic Surveys 32(2): 469-490, 2018.
  • “When Externalities are Taxed: The Incidence and Effect of Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee on Shale Gas Wells” with K. Black and S. McCoy. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 5(1): 107-153, 2018.


Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy Article: “Crop Prices, Agricultural Revenues, and the Rural Economy” (with C. Wall, J. Brown, and T. Hertz), 2016.
  • USDA “Best Amber Waves Data Feature, 2014” for county-level oil and gas dataset (with S. Low and N. Walsh), 2014.
  • Certificate of merit for timely release of USDA farm income estimates, 2011.


Consultancies and Public Services

  • Senior Economist, White House Council of Economic Advisers, 2019.
  • Research Economist, Rural and Resource Economics, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2010-2014.
  • Consultant, Development Economics Group, World Bank, January - March 2009.    


Other Faculty or Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • Director, Shale Gas Governance Center, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD Program Director, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh