Richard L. Wobbekind

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs



Richard L. Wobbekind is Executive Director of the Business Research Division and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined the faculty at the Leeds School of Business in 1985, and has served as Associate Dean since 2000.

As Executive Director of the Business Research Division his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado.

Rich is currently the president of the National Association for Business Economics. He also participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast newsletter.

He is a member of the Governor's Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee, the Denver Regional Council of Governments’ Forecast 2035 Advisory Committee, the Colorado Tourism Office Education and Research Committee, the Boulder Urban Renewal Authority and the Boulder Economic Council.

For his efforts in community development and outreach, Wobbekind was awarded the 1997 University of Colorado Bank One Community Outreach Award. In 2006 he was awarded the Robert L. Stearns award for lifetime contributions in teaching, research and service.

Wobbekind teaches MBA students in macroeconomics, public policy, entrepreneurship and managerial economics. He has received three awards for teaching excellence from the students of the Leeds School. Wobbekind has lived in Colorado for more than 34 years and has spent much of his time studying the development of the Colorado and regional economies. He received a BA in economics from Bucknell University and an MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Leeds School Partners on Dynamic Econometric Modeling Initiative for Colorado

Leeds School of Business

July 16, 2013

The Business Research Division at CU-Boulder's Leeds School of Business is conducting dynamic econometric modeling as part of a collaboration to provide insight into the economic impact of public policy decisions in the state and surrounding regions.

Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship Winner Announced

Leeds School of Business

May 10, 2013

Forty-eight students were initiated into Beta Gamma Sigma on May 9 at the Leeds Recognition Ceremony at the Coors Event Center.

Colorado Business Confidence Remains Positive for the First Quarter

Leeds School of Business

January 2, 2013

Colorado business leaders’ optimism is modest going into the first quarter of 2013 with uncertainty surrounding the country’s political and economic environments, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index.

Positive, Broad-Based Job Growth Forecast for Colorado in 2013

Leeds School of Business

December 7, 2012

Colorado will continue on the road to recovery and add a variety of jobs in 2013 across almost all business sectors following a positive year in 2012, according to economist Richard Wobbekind of the Leeds School of Business.

'Can Do' Approach to Beverage Packaging Means Jobs for Colorado

The Leeds School of Business

October 15, 2012

Consumer demand is making aluminum cans more relevant than ever, according to a report from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.


Leeds Business Confidence Index: Quarter 1, 2012 Report

Colorado's economy is forecasted to improve, according to Richard Wobbekind, senior associate dean of academic programs at the Leeds School of Business. One-third of Colorado companies surveyed plan on hiring more employees this quarter and Wobbekind expects the GDP to increase 2.5 percent.