Russell Weinstein's research focuses on the functioning of labor markets, and implications for firms, workers, and society. Research areas of particular emphasis include employer recruiting strategies, the return to higher education, and the importance of local labor markets. His work combines applied economic theory with empirical analysis. Utilizing data he collected from nearly 40 firms, along with restricted data from the U.S. Department of Education, Weinstein has conducted a detailed analysis of on-campus recruiting strategies among finance and consulting firms. His research finds that in addition to the university's national ranking, there are labor market benefits from attending a university that is elite within its region. Ongoing work identifies and explains differences in campus recruiting strategies across industries, and over time (including the effect of the 2008-2009 recession).
Another research project studies whether local policies aimed at attracting new firms can have long-run effects. For this project, Weinstein was awarded an Early Career Research Award from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Weinstein’s work has also analyzed whether there is a differential labor market return to certificates and Associate's degrees from for-profit relative to not-for-profit universities. Other research, forthcoming in the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, analyzes the impact of teen motherhood on labor market investments and outcomes in the period before Roe v. Wade.
His research has been covered by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, and The Washington Post, and has been referenced by the White House’s Economic Report of the President, and the US Senate. Weinstein’s research has been accepted for presentation at the Society of Labor Economists/European Association of Labor Economists World Conference, and the Econometric Society World Conference.
Weinstein received his Ph.D. in Economics from Boston University in 2014, where he was a Dean's Fellow, and graduated with an A.B. degree in Economics magna cum laude from Harvard University.