Robert J. Barro is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he continues his work on macroeconomics and economic policy. He is concurrently the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Dr. Barro’s recent work focuses on the interplay between religion and political economy and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets and economic activity. He is well-known for his seminal research on the empirical determinants of economic growth, the economic effects of public debt and budget deficits, and the formation of monetary policy.

In addition to his academic research, Dr. Barro has been widely published in academic journals, newspapers, magazines, and popular online sites. These include Business Week, where he was a viewpoint columnist;; Financial Times; The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal, where he was a contributing editor; and

His books include “Macroeconomics: A Modern Approach” (Thomson/Southwestern, 2008); “Economic Growth” (written with Xavier Sala-i-Martin, second edition, MIT Press, 2004); “Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium” (MIT Press, 2002); “Macroeconomics” (fifth edition, MIT Press, 1998); “Determinants of Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Empirical Study” (MIT Press, 1997); and “Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society” (MIT Press, 1996).

Dr. Barro has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from the California Institute of Technology.


  • Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics, 2004–present; Robert C. Waggoner Professor, 1995–2004; Professor, 1987–95; Visiting Professor, 1986, Harvard University
  • John H. Makin Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2016–17
  • Coeditor, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2004–present
  • Senior Fellow, 1995–2017; Fellow, 1993–94, 1989–90, 1977–78, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1978–present
  • Academic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2006–present
  • Honorary Dean, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Beijing, 2006
  • Viewpoint Columnist, Business Week,1998–2006
  • President, President-Elect, Vice President, Western Economic Association, 2002–05
  • Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fall 2000
  • Vice President, American Economic Association, 1998
  • Contributing Editor, The Wall Street Journal, 1991–98
  • Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, 1984–87; Professor of Finance (courtesy), Graduate School of Management, 1984–87; John Munro Professor of Economics, 1978–82; Professor, 1975–78, University of Rochester
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Professor of Economics, 1982–84; Associate Professor, 1973–75; Visiting Associate Professor, 1972–73, University of Chicago
  • Assistant Professor, 1968–72; Associate Professor of Economics, 1972–73, Brown University


Ph.D., economics, Harvard University
B.S., physics, California Institute of Technology