Peter Rupert

Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara / Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project

Peter Rupert is director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, a research unit that provides economic data, analysis, and forecasts to the community. Rupert, who joined the UCSB faculty in 2007, came to Santa Barbara from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he had been a senior economic adviser for 13 years.

Rupert’s areas of specialization include macroeconomics, monetary economics, labor and family economics. At UCSB he is vice-chair of the Department of Economics as well as associate director of the Laboratory for Aggregate Economics and Finance, founded and headed by Nobel Laureate Finn E. Kydland, who holds the Jeff Henley Chair in Economics. Rupert and Kydland have also collaborated on research, including, with Paul Gomme, the paper titled “Time-to-Build and Household Production,” which appeared in the Journal of Political Economy. Among his other notable publications is “What Accounts for the Decline in Crime?” written with Ayse Imrohoroglu and Antonio Merlo, and published in the International Economic Review.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in 1994, Rupert had held teaching positions at the University of Western Ontario, State University of New York at Buffalo, and West Virginia University. He also was a visiting professor at the University of Southern California and Birkbeck College, University of London. A graduate of Santa Clara University, he earned his Master’s degree and PhD at the University of Rochester.