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Herbert M Barber Jr, PhD, PhD

Herbert M Barber

Herbert M Barber, Jr, PhD, PhD serves as the chief executive officer of Xicon Economics. He is a respected author, engineer, economist, and researcher. For over 30 years, Dr. Barber has provided advisory and consulting in the area of engineering economic systems as it relates to the implementation of large financial and economic endeavors in business and industry. He is a seasoned scientific researcher with a keen understanding regarding the statistical and econometric effect and causality large financial and economic endeavors have on companies, governments, and economies around the world. Prior to assuming his role with Xicon Economics, Dr. Barber served in leadership positions with Seminole Southern, Fluor Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering. In addition to his professional experience, Dr. Barber is an avid energy trader, where he subsequently develops probabilistic price escalation models almost daily.

Over the years, Dr. Barber has developed a reputation for solving highly controversial problems in business and industry as it relates to increasing financial and economic output. As a recent client noted, “Dr. Barber does not care so much what people think as much as what he can prove econometrically and statistically.” In fact, Dr. Barber was the only economist or analyst in the world to accurately mathematically model and predict the 2008 economic collapse using non-traditional economic variables—in 2006. He is one of less than ten experts in the world concentrating in his area of expertise.

Dr. Barber earned five academic degrees in engineering and economics that resulted in a bachelor’s degree two master’s degrees, and two research doctorates from Georgia Southern University, Florida State University, and Mississippi State University. In lay terms, the research for his first master’s degree and his first doctorate focused on the measurement and performance of multi-billion-dollar capital investments, where he developed statistical models to measure such using behavioral variables; while the research for his second doctorate focused on the econometric effect and causality multi-billion-dollar energy investments have on global economies, where he developed multiple statistical and econometric models using both endogenous and exogenous variables for analyzing, modeling, and forecasting output.

Selected Examples of Recent Research Presentations

  • Financial & Economic Modeling of Global Capital Investments, Washington State University
  • Economic Impact Modeling of Mega Infrastructure Projects, Clemson University
  • Measuring Econometric Causality of Infrastructure Investments, Georgia Southern University
  • Measuring Performances of Global Projects, Florida State University
  • Economic Analysis, Modeling & Forecasting of Global Energy Investments, Mississippi State University
  • Rubric Development for Operational Performance of Large Capital Initiatives, East Carolina University
  • Performance Measurement of Intermodal Investments, Columbia University in NYC
  • Performance Measurement of Mega Projects, Georgia Southern University
  • Statistical Significance as a Measure of Financial Performance on Infrastructure Projects, Georgia Southern University
  • Economic Impact Modeling for Harbor Deepening of Atlantic Coast Ports, The Citadel