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Robert Weiner

Professor of International Business

Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration

Professor of International Affairs

  • Department: International Business
  • Email: rweiner@gwu.edu
  • Phone: (202) 994-5981
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  • Office: Funger Hall, Suite 401-A • 2201 G St. NW • Washington, DC 20052
Education:
  • BA, Harvard College, 1979
  • MA, Harvard University, 1982
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1986

Biography


Robert J. Weiner is professor of international business, public policy & public administration, and international affairs, at the George Washington University School of Business, Washington D.C. He serves concurrently as deputy director of the Master of Science in Government Contracts, a joint program of the GW Schools of Business and Law.  He is a faculty director of the Business School’s Center for International Business Education and Research, and Center for Latin American Issues, and an affiliate of the Elliott School of International Affairs’s Institute for Middle East Studies, Institute for Security and Conflict Studies, and Sigur Center for Asian Studies. He is also senior advisor to the Brattle Group, and Membre Associé, GREEN (Groupe de Recherche en Économie de l’Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles), Département d’économique, Université Laval, Québec.

Prof. Weiner received his bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, and master’s and doctoral degrees in business economics, all from Harvard University. He has authored or coauthored four books (Energy and Environment, Oil Shock, Oil and Money, and Oil Markets in a Turbulent Era), and more than fifty articles on energy economics and finance.

Prof. Weiner’s research interests and projects focus on energy security, including resource nationalism & political risk, oil & corruption, petroleum fiscal vulnerability, dynamics of energy crises, foreign investment in the Russian petroleum industry, oil speculation and market turbulence, and privatization & the behavior of state-owned enterprises in the world petroleum market. Current projects include examination of the UN Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq, and resource acquisitions by Chinese and Indian state oil companies.

Prof. Weiner served as chairman of the GW Department of International Business 2001-2005, building its research-oriented faculty and national ranking, and was the 2005-2006 Gilbert White Fellow at Resources for the Future. During 1997-1998, he was visiting professor of international economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  He has lectured to executives in Russia, Spain, and the United States, and taught at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the Royal Complutense University (Spain), offering courses in finance, international business, industrial organization, and environmental and natural-resource economics.

Prof. Weiner has been research fellow in the International Energy Program, Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and consultant to Amoco; Mobil; Phillips; Texaco; the International Petroleum Exchange; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the U.S. Department of Energy; the U.S. International Trade Commission; the Harvard Institute for International Development; and the World Bank. He has won research awards from the Ministère des Affaires Internationales, Québec; Resources for the Future; the Columbia Center for the Study of Futures Markets; and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Prof. Weiner has advised U.S. government agencies, international institutions, energy consultancies, financial services providers, and oil companies. He testified before the U.S. Congress (Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade of the House Small Business Committee, 2011), and U.K. Parliament, Commons Treasury Select Committee, Panel on Regulation of Oil Markets (2008). He served as an eminent person on commodities for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2003).


 

Selected Publications


  • Weiner, Robert, “Who Bribes?: Evidence from the UN Oil-for-Food Program” (with Y. Jeong), Strategic Management Journal, 2012.
  • Weiner, Robert, “Conflict and Corruption in International Trade: Who Helped Iraq United Nations Sanctions?” (with Y. Jeong), in International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Volume Two (S. Rose-Ackerman and T. Søreide, eds.), Edward Elgar, 2011.
  • “Resource Nationalism Meets the Market: Political Risk and the Value of Petroleum Reserves” (with R. Click), Journal of International Business Studies, 41, #5: June/July 2010: pp. 783-803.
  • “Foreign Entry Through Aquisition of Coporate Assets: An Alternative Entry Mode to Greenfield and M&A” (with Y. Jeong), May 2008.
  • “Multinationality and Performance: Structural or Spurious Relationship?” (with P. Dastidar), April 2007.
  • “Expanding Oil Supplies” (with J. Darmstadter), Resources 163 Fall 2006: pp. 11-14

 

Professional Activities


  • Harvard Institute for International Development
  • Universite Laval, Quebec, PQ
  • International Petroleum Exchange of London. New York Mercantile Exchange
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. International Trade Commission
  • World Bank
  • Full-time: Associate, ICF, Inc.