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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. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Barber has provided advisory and consulting in the area of engineering economic systems as it relates to the implementation of large economic endeavors in industry and infrastructure. 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 in both developing and developed economies. Prior to assuming his role with Xicon Economics, Dr. Barber served in leadership positions with Seminole Southern, Fluor Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering.

Over the years, Dr. Barber has developed a reputation for solving highly controversial problems in industry and infrastructure 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 approximately 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 performance of mega industrial projects, while the research for his second doctorate focused on the econometric impact mega infrastructure projects in the energy sector have on global economies.

Recent Advisory, Consulting & Research

  • Feasibility Study for Harbor Deepening for Post-Panamax Shipping Capture
    of Asian Market; Technical, Financial, and Economic Analyses, Modeling & Forecasting,
    including Economic Impact Analyses, Modeling & Forecasting, United States
  • Infrastructure Capital Investment Advisory, Zimbabwe
  • Technical & Financial Feasibility, Waste to Energy, Swaziland
  • Economic Feasibility Advisory, Energy Sector Privatization, Nigeria
  • Economic Impact Modeling, Electricity Supply & Demand, Botswana
  • Economic Impact Modeling, Electricity Supply & Demand, South Africa
  • Investigation of Corruption & Sub-Saharan Energy Sector, South Africa
  • Technical, Financial & Economic Feasibility, Rail, South Africa & Mozambique
  • Economic Analysis, Construction Equipment Manufacturers & US GDP, United States
  • Import & Export Container Modeling & Forecasting, Port of Savannah, United States
  • Econometric Modeling & Forecasting of Global Market Corrections, United States
  • Financial & Economic Analysis, Modeling & Forecasting of Auto Output, United States
  • Economic Modeling & Forecasting of the Manufacturing Sector, United States
  • Econometric Effect of Construction Output on GDP and Other Variables, United States
  • Predictive Modeling for Forecasting Daily Fixed Stream Revenues, United States
  • Predictive Modeling to Establish Marketing Effect & Causality of Sales Rubric, United States
  • Effect of Energy Generation & Distribution on Economic Indicators, United States
  • Analyses, Modeling and Forecasting of Electricity Supply & Demand, Multiple Countries

Recent Research Presentations

  • Economic Impact Modeling of Mega Infrastructure Projects, Clemson University
  • Financial & Economic Modeling of Global Capital Investments, Washington State University
  • Measuring Economic Performance of Global Engineering & Construction, 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
  • Measurement of Construction Performance on Mega Projects, Georgia Southern University
  • Economic Impact Modeling for Harbor Deepening of Atlantic Coast Ports, The Citadel
  • Performance Measurement of Intermodal Investments, Columbia University in NYC