Lisa Barrow is a senior economist in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Barrow conducts research on issues in education, public finance and labor economics. She is on leave from April 2011 until April 2012.
Barrow’s current work includes a project evaluating the impacts of closing persistently failing schools on the outcomes of Chicago Public School students and a collaborative project with MDRC evaluating performance-based scholarships at the community college level. Her research on school choice, education production and the earned income tax credit has appeared in numerous journals including the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Annual Review of Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, The Future of Children and Economic Perspectives, the Chicago Fed's quarterly research publication. Since joining the Chicago Fed in 1998, Barrow has also been a visiting assistant professor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a visiting lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Chicago Fed, she was a lecturer at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Barrow received a B.A. in economics from Carleton College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Princeton University.