We combine intellectual rigor, objectivity,
and real world experience to solve complex
financial and economic problems.
Herbert M Barber, Jr, PhD, PhD
Chief Executive Officer


Herbert M Barber, Jr, PhD, PhD serves as the CEO of Xicon Economics. Intersecting the fields of engineering, finance, economics, and statistics, Dr. Barber is an expert in engineering economic systems, with specific expertise in computational financial economics. For over 30 years, he has provided advisory and consulting as it relates to the implementation and sustainability 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. As a component to his work, Dr. Barber regularly navigates problems associated with the efficient market hypothesis and random walk theory as it relates to developing probabilistic pricing escalation and de-escalation models for energy and maritime corporations having financial data under extreme uncertainty. Prior to assuming his role with Xicon Economics, Dr. Barber served in leadership positions with Seminole Southern, Fluor Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering. To help promote scientific research in engineering economic systems, Dr. Barber is well published in several referred journals, including the Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE) and Journal of Construction Engineering & Management (ASCE). He has presented his research at the ASCE Construction Research Congress, Canadian Society for Civil Engineers, and numerous research universities. Additionally, Dr. Barber teaches courses in engineering, economics, and finance to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in various universities upon request.

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
  • Energy Consumption and Corruption in Sub-Sahara Africa, Candadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • 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
  • US Economic Indicators vs Atypical Construction Variables in Economic Forecasting, Construction Research Congress
  • 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
  • Financial Modeling of Energy Corporations under Uncertainty, East Carolina 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