Russell Weinstein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany.
His research focuses on labor economics and the economics of education, and factors that facilitate or hinder labor market success for individuals and communities. This research includes studying barriers to high-wage jobs for students based on the college they attend, and the impact of regional universities on their local labor markets.
Weinstein’s work has been published in journals including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics. His research has been covered by the The Harvard Business Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, MarketWatch, and The Washington Post, and has been referenced by the White House’s Economic Report of the President, and the US Senate.
Weinstein was awarded an Early Career Research Award from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University in 2014, where he was a Dean's Fellow. He graduated with an A.B. degree in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard University.