Currently a professor of economics at Harvard University and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Robert Barro is also coeditor of Harvard's Quarterly Journal of Economics. Mr. Barro has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth, and his research topics include empirical determinants of economic growth, the economic effects of public debt and budget deficits, as well as the formation of monetary policy. His current work focuses on two very different topics: the interplay between religion and political economy and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets. While at AEI, Mr. Barro will be exploring the effects of the stimulus bill on the U.S. economy.


  • Visiting Professor, Professor, Robert C. Waggoner Professor, Paul M. Warburg Professor of economics, Harvard University, 1986-present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1978-present;Fellow, 1977-78, 1989-90, 1993-94
  • Senior Fellow, 1995-present; Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Academic Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 2006-present
  • Coeditor, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2004-present
  • Honorary Dean, China Economics and Management Academy, Central University of Beijing, 2006
  • Viewpoint Columnist, Business Week,1998-2006
  • Vice President, President-elect, President, Western Economic Association, 2002-2005
  • Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fall 2000
  • Vice President, American Economic Association, 1998
  • Contributing Editor, Wall Street Journal, 1991-98
  • Professor, 1975-78; John Munro Professor of Economics, 1978-82; Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, 1984-87; Professor of Finance (courtesy), Graduate School of Management, 1984-87; University of Rochester
  • Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Visiting Associate Professor, 1972-73; Associate Professor, 1973-75; Professor of Economics, 1982-84; University of Chicago Assistant Professor, 1968; Associate Professor of Economics, 1972-73; Brown University


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