Burt Barnow

The George Washington University

Burt S. Barnow (PhD, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is the Amsterdam professor of public service and economics at The George Washington University, where he teaches the core course on program evaluation and a doctoral program seminar on public finance and human capital. Previously, he worked at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Policy Studies, The Lewin Group, and the U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Barnow’s research focuses on labor market programs and policies, evaluation of social programs, and performance measurement for government programs. His most recent co-authored book was Occupational Labor Shortages: Concepts, Causes, Consequences, and Cures, and his work has appeared in many journals including Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Journal of Human Resources. Dr. Barnow has served on 11 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committees and the NAS Board on Education and Workforce. He is currently methods section editor for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and consulting editor for Evaluation Review. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Social Security Administration Panel of Outside Scholars and Practitioners for the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium. Dr. Barnow is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Dr. Barnow co-authored the chapter “Design of Social Security Administration Demonstration Evaluations” and presented it with David Greenberg at Lessons from SSA Demonstrations: A State of the Science Meeting.

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