Dr. Hewings is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Regional Science, of Economics, and of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (“REAL”) on the Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.
REAL’s mission is to provide timely, high quality analytical economic information for a variety of uses such as public policy decision making by public sector agencies and for strategic marketing in the private sector. REAL’s capabilities revolve around comprehensive state and metropolitan models that integrate econometric and input/output analysis to provide for both impact and forecasting analyses.
REAL also prepares the Crain’s Chicago Index, a monthly forecasting index for the metropolitan economy that appears in Crains Chicago Business. Over the past decade, REAL has conducted a number of impact studies on Chicago, Illinois and Midwestern economies from, for example, the Monet Exhibition, the Democratic National Convention, high speed rail, international tourism and the role of exports on occupational demands.
At the metropolitan scale, attention has been directed to the estimation of intra-metropolitan flows of goods, people, income and consumption expenditures within the Chicago region to measure the changing degree of interdependence. Theoretical work remains directed to issues of economic structure and structural change interpreted through input-output, social accounting and general equilibrium models.
Dr. Hewings obtained his B.A. from the University of Birmingham (UK) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle).