Joshua Lewer

Joshua Lewer

Acting Associate Dean of New Initiatives, Economics and Finance Department Chair, McCord Professor and Stevenson PNC Bank Professor

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 4136
    (309) 677-2299


Ph.D., Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Economics and Business Administration, Augustana College


Joshua Lewer has been a member of the Department of Economics faculty at Bradley University since 2007.  He is also research fellow for the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany.  Prior to coming to Bradley, Joshua was the Gene Edwards Professor of Banking at West Texas A&M University.  Outside of academics, he has also been a registered representative with Prudential Investments.


Warren Buffett once said, “Economics tends to put people to sleep.”  While it is true that economic analysis is often a difficult and complex subject for students, Dr. Lewer strives to teach it in a manner that is both exciting and relevant.  His overall teaching philosophy revolves around guided learning whereby students are challenged to solve problems related to various national and global issues by applying various economic analyses.

Dr. Lewer has won several teaching awards including the First Year Teaching Award at Bradley University in 2008.

Courses Currently Teaching

  • ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 222 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 333 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECO 498/499 Senior Senior Seminar in Economics
  • ECO 510 Global Markets and Sustainability
  • EMBA Courses in Economics
  • Powering Up


Dr. Lewer's research interests are in the fields of globalization, economic growth and economic education. He has published over 40 refereed journal articles and several books, and has served as co-editor of the Journal of Economic Insight since 2018. Professor Lewer enjoys working with students on their senior research projects.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles in the Last Five Years

Lewer, Joshua J. and Lisa Parrish (2020) “Estimating Welfare Effects from the U.S. Sugar Program,” Southwestern Economic Review, Vol. 47(1), 23-36.

Sáenz, Mariana and Joshua J. Lewer (2017) “High Skilled Labor Force Brain Drain and Corruption: The Case of Colombia,” The Journal of Economic Insight, Vol. 43(2), pp. 17-48.

Balani, Henry, Joshua J. Lewer and Mariana Sáenz (2017) “Trade Based Money Laundering in Select Asian Economies: A Comparative Approach Using the Gravity Model,” Southwestern Economic Review, Vol. 44(2), pp. 15-28. 


University and College

  • Strategic Planning Leadership Team
  • University Senate
  • Return to Class Committee
  • Higher Learning Commission, Steering Committee and Chair of Criterion 5 Resources


  • South Side Mission, Jobs Partnership Program