Lisa Barrow is a Senior Economist and Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She 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.