Geoffrey Hewings is Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Professor in the departments of geography, economics and urban and regional planning. He has authored and co-authored 10 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. REAL prepares the Chicago Business Activity Index, a monthly forecasting index for the metropolitan economy, as well as a monthly assessment of the region’s employment data. Over the past decade, REAL has conducted a number of impact studies on the Chicago, Illinois, and Midwestern economies – for example, the Monet Exhibition, the Democratic National Convention, high speed rail, international tourism and the role of exports on occupational demands.
Dr. Hewings held appointments at the University of Kent (England) and the University of Toronto (Canada) prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1974. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Queensland (Australia), Bar Ilan University (Israel), University of Indonesia, Nankai University (China), Kagawa University (Japan) and the Universidad Catolica del Norte (Chile).
In addition to the continuing development of regional econometric-input-output models for a number of U.S. states (including Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan) and metropolitan areas (Chicago and St. Louis), Hewings works on regional modeling projects in Brazil, Colombia, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia. Recent work in the Midwest has focused on the estimation of interstate trade flows as a prelude to the construction of a Midwest impact and forecasting model linked with a transportation network model. His theoretical work is directed to issues of economic structure and structural change analyzed through input-output, social accounting and general equilibrium models.