Eric Thompson, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellow | Associate Professor, Economics | Director of the Bureau of Business Research College of Business Administration

University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Eric’s research on the Midwest and national economy examines competitive factors affecting state and local economic growth, the role of agriculture in the economy, and the economics of infrastructure. Thompson holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a former president of the Association for University Business and Economic Research. He directs the widely known Bureau of Business Research (BBR), teaches graduate-level courses and conducts rural economic research. His monthly BBR podcasts and research blogs are keenly watched by rural development practitioners and investors throughout Nebraska.


  • Doctorate, Agricultural Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison




  • Agricultural Economics
  • Rural Community Development
  • State Economic Development