Professor Weinblatt is one of Israel’s most respected economists. After receiving his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he began a four-decade career at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev which culminated in his appointment as Rector of the University from 2002-2010. After retiring from Ben Gurion University, Professor Weinblatt served as President of Sapir Academic College until 2014. 

Professor Weinblatts research has covered a broad range of topics, including theoretical and empirical studies in the areas International Economics, Macroeconomics, Economics of Crime, Development Economics, Economics of Social Issues, and the Economies of Israel and Palestine. He has published several books and more than fifty articles on these topics. 

Professor Weinblatt now serves as a Professor Emeritus of the Ben Gurion University and continues to be involved in studying the Palestinian Economy in the context of the Peace Process.