Liberal Arts





Areas of Expertise

Rural and urban economies

Stephan Weiler

Weiler, director of the Regional Economic Development Institute at Colorado State University, has worked broadly on regional economic development issues, particularly in innovating economic bridges between rural and urban areas.

REDI partners with the City-Region Economic Development Institute at the Birmingham Business School in the UK to provide fresh, timely information to enhance economic growth and development prospects for regions across the globe. Weiler further developed the two institutes’ collaborations as a Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair in 2018-19.

From 2004 through 2006, Weiler was lead research officer for the Federal Reserve’s Center for the Study of Rural America. This experience informed his role as founding research director of the Colorado Innovation Report with a broad-based coalition of leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to understand and enhance the state’s innovative capacities.

Weiler received his B.A. with honors in economics and M.A .in development economics from Stanford University in 1988, and his Ph.D. in economics in 1994 from UC-Berkeley, where he studied with eventual 2001 Nobel Laureate George Akerlof.