The Art and Practice of Economics Research
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The Art and Practice of Economics Research

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.
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Chapter: Robert J. Barro (Harvard University)

Simon W. Bowmaker


Robert Barro was born in NewYork City in 1944 and graduated with a BS in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1965 before obtaining a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1970. Professor Barro has taught economics at Brown University, 1968–1972, the University of Chicago, 1972–1975 and 1982–1984, the University of Rochester, 1975–82 and 1984–87, and Harvard University, where he currently serves as the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics. Professor Barro’s research interests have focused largely on macroeconomics and economic growth, including the empirical determinants of growth, the economic effects of public debt and budget deficits, and the formation of monetary policy, but he is currently researching the interplay between religion and political economy and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets. His most-cited articles in chronological order include ‘Are Government Bonds Net Wealth?’, Journal of Political Economy (1974), ‘A Positive Theory of Monetary Policy in a Natural Rate Model’, Journal of Political Economy (1983), co-authored with David Gordon, ‘Government Spending in a Simple Model of Endogenous Growth’, Journal of Political Economy (1990), ‘Economic Growth in a Cross Section of Countries’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (1991), and ‘International Data on 48 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Bowmaker-Art_and_Practice_Economics_Research / Division: 03Barro /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 23/8 JOBNAME: Bowmaker PAGE: 2 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Thu Aug 23 16:50:48 2012 Robert J. Barro 49 Educational Attainment: Updates and Implications’, Oxford Economic Papers (2001)...

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