Lisa Barrow

Senior Economist and Research Advisor

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Lisa Barrow is a senior economist and research advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Barrow conducts research on issues in education, public finance and labor economics.


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.

Chicago Fed Letter
Lisa Barrow, Jason Faberman | 2015 | No. 349 Download
Lisa Barrow, Trinita Logue | 2007 | No. 237 | April Download
Economic Perspectives
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. 2006-2 | 2nd Quarter Download
Lisa Barrow | 2001 | Vol. 25 | No. 2001-3 | August | 3rd Quarter Download
Lisa Barrow | 1999 | Vol. 23 | No. 1999-4 | November | 4th Quarter Download
Working Papers
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
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