Lisa Barrow is working with researchers at the UChicago Consortium to examine how the National Board certification application process can improve teacher quality. In her partnership with the UChicago Consortium, she is also looking at the high school application process and, in particular, the effectiveness of selective enrollment high schools.
Barrow is a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She received her PhD in economics from Princeton University. Her research focuses on issues in education, public finance, and labor economics. She has worked on a variety of issues in education, including a randomized evaluation of computer-aided algebra instruction in large urban school districts, evaluation of performance-based scholarships at the community college level (with MDRC), and follow-up and time use survey development for the MDRC PBS demonstration. Barrow also has on-going studies using Chicago Public Schools data to look at the effect of closing persistently failing schools on elementary school students and evaluating student outcomes in small high schools.