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Jack Barron

Jack Barron

Loeb Professor of Economics

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Brown University
M.A., Economics, Brown University
A.B., Economics, Clark University

Professor Barron's primary teaching interests include the economics of information and macroeconomics. His current research interests are labor economics and contract theory.

He has had a number of articles published, including papers in the American Economic Review, Journal of Human Resources,  Journal of Law and Economics, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, and the  Journal of Labor Economics.  More recent publications include "Peer Pressure in an Agency Relationship" coauthored with K. Gjerde, Journal of Labor Economics (April 1997); "How Well Do We Measure Training?" co-authored with D. Black and M. Berger, Journal of Labor Economics (1998); "International Lending by U.S. Banks" co-authored with N. Valev, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking (2000); "A Theory of Quality-related Differences in Retail Margins: Why There is a "Premium" on Premium Gasoline" co-authored with B. Taylor and J. Umbeck, Economic Inquiry, (2000); "The Effects of High School Athletic Participation on Education and Labor Market Outcomes" co-authored with B. Ewing and G. Waddell, Review of Economics and Statistics, (2000); "Executive Rank, Pay and Project Selection," co-author G. Waddell, Journal of Financial Economics, (2003); "Number of Sellers, Average Prices, and Price Dispersion," co-authors B. Taylor and J. Umbeck, International Journal of Industrial Organization, (2005); "Selective Counteroffers," co-authors M. Berger and D. Black, Journal of Labor Economics, (2006), "Work Hard, Not Smart: Stock Options in Executive Compensation," co-author G. Waddell, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2008) and "Consumer and Competitor Reactions: Evidence From a Field Experiment," co-authors J. Umbeck and G. Waddell. International Journal of Industrial Organization (2008).  He has also published five books.

Professor Barron has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, ARCO, Texaco, Shell, Visa International, Amoco, and various law firms. He has received research grants from the Brookings Institution, the Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, the Carthage Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, and W.E. Upjohn Foundation, among others.

Journal Articles

  • Barron, J., and Ni, Jinlan (2013). Morningstar Ratings and Mutual Fund Manager Turnover. Journal of Applied Finance, | Download |
  • Ozdemir, Z., Bandyopadhyay, S. and Barron, J. (2011). An Analysis of Digital Health Records under Switching Costs. Information Systems Research,
  • Barron, J., Chulkov, D. & Waddell, G. (2011). Top management team turnover, CEO succession type, and strategic change. Journal of Business Research, | Download |
  • Barron, J. & Waddell, G. (2008). Work Hard, Not Smart: Stock Options in Executive Compensation. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Umbeck, J. & Waddell, G (2008). Consumer and Competitor Reactions: Evidence From a Field Experiment. International Journal of Industrial Organization, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Chong, B. & Staten, M (2008). The Emergence of Captive Finance Companies and Risk Segmentation in Loan Markets: Theory and Evidence. Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, | Download |
  • Barron, J. & Ni, Jinlan (2008). Endogenous Asymmetric Information and International Equity Home Bias: The Effects of Portfolio Size and Information Costs. Journal of International Money and Finance, | Download |
  • Jaisingh, J., Barron J., Chaturvedi, A., & Mehta, S (2008). Privacy and Pricing Personal Information. European Journal of Operational Research,
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., Rees, J. & Barron, J (2008). Reverse Auctions with Multiple Reinforcement Learning Agents. Decision Sciences,
  • Ozdemir, Z., K. Altinkemer, & J. Barron (2008). Adoption of Technology-Mediated Learning in the U.S. Decision Support Systems,
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., Barron, J. and Chaturvedi, A. (2007). Capacity and Entry Issues in Online Exchanges. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 185
  • Barron, J., Berger, M., & Black, D. (2006). Selective Counteroffers. Journal of Labor Economics, | Download |
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., Rees, J., & Barron, J. (2006). Simulating Sellers in Online Exchanges. Decision Support Systems,
  • Bandyopadhyay, S., Barron, J., and Chaturvedi, A. (2005). Competition Among Sellers in Online Exchanges. Information Systems Research,
  • Barron, J., Taylor, B., & Umbeck, J. (2004). Will Open Supply Lower Retail Gasoline Prices?. Contemporary Economic Policy,
  • Barron, J., Taylor, B., & Umbeck, J. (2004). Number of Sellers, Average Prices, and Price Dispersion. International Journal of Industrial Organization, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Blanchard, K., & Umbeck, J. (2004). An Economic Analysis of a Change in an Excise Tax. Journal of Economic Education, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Waddell, G. (2003). Executive Rank, Pay and Project Selection. Journal of Financial Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Staten, M., & Wilhusen, S. (2002). The Impact of Casino Gambling on Personal Bankruptcy Filing Rates. Contemporary Economic Policy, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Taylor, B., & Umbeck, J. (2001). New Evidence on Price Discrimination and Retail Configuration. Applied Economics Letters,
  • Barron, J., Ewing, B., & Waddell, G. (2000). The Effects of High School Athletic Participation on Education and Labor Market Outcomes. Review of Economics and Statistics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Taylor, B., & Umbeck, J. (2000). A Theory of Quality-Related Differences in Retail Margins: Why There Is A Premium on Premium Gasoline. Economic Inquiry, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Valev, N. (2000). International Lending by US Banks. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Elliehausen, G., & Staten, M. (2000). Monitoring the Household Sector with Aggregate Credit Bureau Data. Business Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Berger, M. (1999). Replacing General With Specific Training: Why Restricting Alternatives Makes Sense. Research in Labor Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Berger, M. (1999). Do Workers Pay for On-the-Job Training?. Journal of Human Resources, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Paulson-Gjerde, K. (1997). Peer Pressure in an Agency Relationship. Journal of Labor Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Berger, M. (1997). Employer Search, Training, and Vacancy Duration. Economic Inquiry, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Berger, M. (1997). How Well Do We Measure Training?. Journal of Labor Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Loewenstein, M. (1996). Textbook Treatments of the Financial Market in the IS-LM Model. Journal of Economic Education, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Paulson-Gjerde, K. (1996). Who Adopts Total Quality Management (TQM): Theory and Evidence. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Staten, M. (1995). Coercion in the Selling of Credit Life Insurance. Psychology and Marketing Journal,
  • Barron, J., & Fraedrich, A. (1994). The Implications of Job Matching for Retirement Health Insurance and Leave Benefits. Applied Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Loewenstein, M. (1993). Gender Differences in On-the-Job Training and Wages. Journal of Human Resources, | Download |
  • Barron, J. (1992). When to Price a Valuable Margin: Discounts for Cash in Retail Gasoline Marketing. Contemporary Policy Issues,
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Loewenstein, M. (1989). Job Matching and On-the-Job Training. Journal of Labor Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Loewenstein, M. (1987). Employer Size: The Implications for Search, Training, Capital Investment, Starting Wages and Wage Growth. Journal of Labor Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Loewenstein, M., & Fuess, S. (1987). A Further Analysis of Unions and Training. Journal of Political Economy,
  • Barron, J., & Loewenstein, M. (1985). On Employer-Specific Information and Internal Labor Market. Southern Economic Journal, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Loewenstein, M., & Umbeck, J. (1985). Predatory Pricing: The Case of the Retail Gasoline Market. Contemporary Economic Problems,
  • Barron, J., & Bishop, J. (1985). Extensive Search, Intensive Search, and Hiring Costs. Economic Inquiry, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Bishop, J. & Dunkelberg, W. (1985). Employer Search: The Interviewing and Hiring of New Employees. Review of Economics and Statistics, | Download |
  • Barron, J. & Umbeck, J. (1984). The Effects of Different Contractual Arrangements: The Case of Retail Gasoline Markets. Journal of Law and Economics, | Download |
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Loewenstein, M. (1984). On Recalls, Layoffs, Variable Hours, and Labor Adjustment Costs. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, | Download |
  • Barron, J., & Loewenstein, M. (1983). Note on Adjustment Costs and Aggregate Demand Theory. Economica,
  • Barron, J., & Mellow, W. (1982). Labor Contract Formation, Search Requirements, and Use of a Public Employment Service. Economic Inquiry, | Download |
  • Barron, J. & Dan A. Black (1982). Do Union Members Receive Compensating Wage Differentials?: A Comment. American Economic Review,
  • Barron, J., & Mellow, W. (1981). Changes in Labor Force Status Among the Unemployed. Journal of Human Resources,
  • Barron, J., & Mellow, W. (1981). Interstate Differences in Unemployment Insurance. National Tax Journal,
  • Barron, J., & Gilley, O. (1981). Job Search and Vacancy Contacts: A Note. American Economic Review,
  • Barron, J., & Mellow, W. (1979). Search Effort in the Labor Market. Journal of Human Resources,
  • Barron, J., & Peterson, R. (1978). Multi-Factor and Multi-Commodity Search. Southern Economic Journal,
  • Barron, J., & McCafferty, S. (1977). Job Search, Labor Supply, and the Quit Decision: Theory and Evidence. American Economic Review,
  • Barron, J. (1975). Search in the Labor Market and the Duration of Unemployment: Some Empirical Evidence. American Economic Review,

Books

  • Barron, J., Ewing, B., & Lynch, G. (2006). Understanding Macroeconomic Theory. Routledge,
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Loewenstein, M. (1999). Job Matching and On-the-Job Training; The Economics of Training. Edward Elgar Publishing,
  • Barron, J., & Staten, M. (1996). Consumer Attitudes Towards Credit Insurance. Kluwer Academic Publishers,
  • Barron, J., & Lynch, G. (1993). Economics. Irwin, vol. 3rd
  • Barron, J., Loewenstein, M., & Lynch, G. (1989). Macroeconomics. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company,

Book Chapters

  • Barron, J., & Staten, M. (2002). The Value of Comprehensive Credit Reports: Lessons from the U.S. Experience. MIT Press,
  • Barron, J., Black, D., & Berger, M. (1999). The Use of Matched Employee-Employer Data as a Means of Assessing Data Reliability with Non-Classical Measurement Error. Elsevier Science B. V, North-Holland, Amsterdam.
  • Barron, J. (1998). A Needs Analysis of Training Data: Comment. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL.
  • PURCE Rendering

    Centered on Economics

    The Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE), a fast-growing initiative in need of space, will soon have a new home in the Krannert School of Management to conduct empirical research in economics focused on the role of incentives and markets in public policy.

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Contact

barron@purdue.edu
Phone: (765) 49-44451
Office: KRAN 490

Quick links

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Area(s) of Expertise

Economics, Labor Economics, Economics of Information, Contract Theory