Brian Wesbury

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Brian S. Wesbury (born September 8, 1958) is an American economist focusing on macroeconomics and economic forecasting. He is the economics editor and a monthly contributor for The American Spectator,[1] in addition to appearing on television stations such as CNBC,[2] Fox Business,[3] Fox News,[4] and Bloomberg TV[5] frequently. He is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and for five years served as an adjunct professor of economics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.

Early life and education[edit]

Wesbury was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, Missouri.[6]

In 1981, Wesbury received his BA in Economics from the University of Montana.

Wesbury also attended Northwestern University for graduate level business studies, and received his MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1989.

Professional career[edit]

In 1982, Wesbury began his career at the Harris Bank in Chicago.

Wesbury served as Vice President and Economist for the Chicago Corporation from 1990 to 1992 and then as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, & Thompson, a Chicago Investment Bank from 1992 until 2005, except for 2 years while he served on Capitol Hill.

In 1995 and 1996, Wesbury served as Chief Economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.[7]

In October 1999, McGraw-Hill published Wesbury's first book, "The New Era of Wealth".[8]

In 2004, Wesbury was honored by USA Today as one of the top 10 economic forecasters[9] in the United States, and ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the nation's #1 U.S. economic forecaster in 2001.[10]

Since 2006 Wesbury has been the Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors L.P, a financial services firm headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois.

In October 2009, Wiley & Sons published Wesbury's second book "It's Not as Bad as You Think"[11]

Chief Economist of the Joint Economic Committee[edit]

Beginning in January 1995, this Committee provided information for members of the US Congress regarding policy decision-making and economic growth objectives. Here, Wesbury directed and advised committee members and members of congress on policy matters and relating to the United States and other nations.

Wesbury after Government[edit]

After a 13-year stay as Chief Economist for Chicago investment bank Griffin, Kubik, Stephens, & Thompson, and time away from the private sector to serve in government, Wesbury is currently Chief Economist for First Trust Portfolios,[12] a financial services firm located in Wheaton, Illinois.


  1. ^ "Brian Wesbury | The American Spectator". Archived from the original on 2013-09-17. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  2. ^ "wesbury - CNBC". Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  3. ^ "Search for wesbury". Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  4. ^ "Search for wesbury". Fox News.
  5. ^ "wesbury - Bloomberg Search". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 2014-09-03.
  6. ^ "Rock Bridge High School". Archived from the original on 2014-05-20. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  7. ^ "Brian Wesbury, Nationally Renowned U.S. Economic Forecaster, Joins The Heartland Institute as Senior Fellow | Heartland Institute". Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  8. ^ "New Era of Wealth How Investors Can Profit from the 5 Economic Trends Shaping the Future Later Printing: Books". 1999-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  9. ^ "Top 10 economic forecasters". USA Today. March 29, 2004.
  10. ^ "Economic Forecasters Expect Moderate Recovery in 2002 - Wesbury Led a Group Of Bears Who Called The Recession of 2001". 2002-01-04. Archived from the original on 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  11. ^ "It's Not as Bad as You Think: Why Capitalism Trumps Fear and the Economy Will Thrive: Brian S. Wesbury, Amity Shlaes: 9780470238332: Books". Retrieved 2014-08-27.
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