Lisa Barrow

Senior Economist and Economic Advisor

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Lisa Barrow is a senior economist and economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and affiliated researcher at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her research focuses on a variety of education issues, including the impact of attending a selective high school on student outcomes, a randomized evaluation of computer-aided algebra instruction in large urban school districts, and evaluations of performance-based scholarship impacts on academic outcomes and student time use at the college level.

Her prior research on school choice, education production, and the earned income tax credit has appeared in numerous economic and policy journals. Barrow has also served as Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, 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. Barrow received a B.A. in economics from Carleton College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Princeton University.

Chicago Fed Letter
Lisa Barrow, Jason Faberman | 2015 | No. 349 Download
Lisa Barrow, Trinita Logue | 2007 | No. 237 | April Download
Economic Perspectives
Lisa Barrow, Lauren Sartain | 2017 | Vol. 41 | No. 5 | May Download
Lisa Barrow, Jonathan Davis | 2012 | Vol. 36 | 4th Quarter Download
Lisa Barrow, Cecilia Elena Rouse , Trinita Logue | 2008 | Vol. 32 | 3rd Quarter Download
Lisa Barrow, Cecilia Elena Rouse | 2006 | Vol. 30 | No. 2 | 2nd Quarter Download
Lisa Barrow | 2001 | Vol. 25 | No. 3 | August | 3rd Quarter Download
Lisa Barrow | 1999 | Vol. 23 | No. 4 | November | 4th Quarter Download
Working Papers
Lisa Barrow, Wesley Morris, Lauren Sartain | 2022 | No. 2022-52 | November Download
Lisa Barrow, Linda Cavalluzzo, Thomas Geraghty, Christine Mokher, Lauren Sartain | 2020 | No. 2020-06 | February Download
Lisa Barrow, Cecilia Elena Rouse , Amanda McFarland | 2020 | No. 2020-03 | January Download
Lisa Barrow, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Amy Claessens | 2014 | No. 2014-20 | December Download
Lisa Barrow, Thomas Brock, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Cecilia Elena Rouse | 2009 | No. 2009-13 | December Download
Lisa Barrow, Cecilia Elena Rouse | 2008 | No. 2008-08 | August Download
Lisa Barrow, Lisa Markham, Cecilia Elena Rouse | 2007 | No. 2007-17 | October Download
Lisa Barrow, Cecilia Elena Rouse | 2005 | No. 2005-02 Download
Daniel Aaronson, Lisa Barrow, William Sander | 2002 | No. 2002-28 Download
Lisa Barrow, Leslie McGranahan | 1999 | No. 1999-24 Download

Selective Enrollment High Schools in Chicago: Admission and Impacts
With Lauren Sartain and Marisa de la Torre
University of Chicago Consortium on School Research
February 2018


GoCPS: A First Look at Applications and Offers

White Paper

With Lauren Sartain and Marisa de la Torre, 2018, white paper, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, August.

Description: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) offers many high school choices for students. Yet, applying to high school is complicated. CPS offers more than 250 choice programs and 11 selective enrollment programs (SEHSs) in 132 high schools. On April 26, 2017, the Chicago Board of Education adopted a common application across all high school choice programs, including charter high schools, in order to streamline the high school application process, called GoCPS. This paper presents information about the first year of implementation of GoCPS for students planning to enroll in ninth grade in the fall of 2018.

Supplemental Data

“Who Has the Time? Community College Students’ Time-Use Response to Financial Incentives”

Forthcoming, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, working paper, No. 2020-03, supplemental data.
PBS Time Use Survey Documentation

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