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Jorge Barro

Fellow in Public Finance


Jorge Barro, Ph.D., joined the Baker Institute as a fellow in public finance in 2017. His primary area of research involves the development of dynamic macroeconomic models for long-run forecasting and fiscal policy evaluation.

Barro has over a decade of experience producing impactful research on the distributional consequences of fiscal policy and evaluating the long-term macroeconomic implications of demographic changes. His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Review of Economic Dynamics and the Public Finance Review. His research has also been featured in various local and national media outlets, including the New York Times and NPR’s Marketplace.

Prior to joining the Baker Institute, Barro was an economist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the development of a large-scale macroeconomic model and helped found and launch the Penn Wharton Budget Model. He was previously an assistant professor at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he taught several undergraduate and graduate courses and developed a macroeconomic model for state and local fiscal policy evaluation. Barro also worked for LSU’s Economics & Policy Research Group (formerly the Division of Economic Development) and served as an economist for the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Barro received a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in mathematics from LSU, as well as a master’s and a Ph.D. in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.

Contact him at jbarro@rice.edu or (713) 348-3274.