Jason Baron

Jason Baron

Assistant Research Professor of Economics, Duke University

Jason Baron was an IES postdoctoral fellow with the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He recently obtained his PhD in economics from Florida State University and will join the Department of Economics at Duke University as an assistant professor in 2021-22. Prior to his assistant professorship, Jason will be a Scholar in Residence of Economics at Duke University. His research focuses on topics in the economics of education and public finance.

Educational background

  • Florida State University Ph.D., Economics May 2020
  • Florida State University M.S., Economics December 2016
  • University of Wisconsin-Whitewater B.B.A., Economics; Mathematics Minor (summa cum laude) May 2015

Professional affiliations


Current research

  • "The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Long-Run Impacts of Juvenile Detention Centers" (with Brian Jacob).

  • "More School Funding, Less Crime?" (with Joshua Hyman and Brittany Vasquez).

  • "Revisiting the Causal Effects of Child Protection on Adult Crime" (with Max Gross).

  • "The Impact of Research Universities on Local Economic Development: Evidence from the G.I. Bill" (with Shawn Kantor and Alexander Whalley).

Recent publications

  • “Suffering in Silence: How COVID-19 School Closures Inhibit the Reporting of Child Maltreatment,” Journal of Public Economics, 190 (October 2020), 104258 (with Ezra Goldstein and Cullen Wallace)
  • “School Spending and Student Outcomes: Evidence from Revenue Limit Elections in Wisconsin.” Conditionally Accepted, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
  • “Temporary Stays and Persistent Gains: The Causal Effects of Foster Care” (with Max Gross). Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
  • “Union Reform, Performance Pay, and New Teacher Supply: Evidence from Wisconsin’s Act 10.” Under review
  • “The Impact of Research Universities on Local Economic Development: Evidence from the G.I. Bill” (with Shawn Kantor and Alexander Whalley)
  • “Child Maltreatment, High School Graduation, and Adult Arrests” (with Max Gross, Brian Jacob, and Joseph Ryan)