Jason Barr’s recent research has been in the field of urban economics and with a focus on the area of “skynomics,” the study of skyscrapers and skylines using modern economics methods. He is the author of  Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers (Oxford University Press, 2016), which chronicles the history of the Manhattan skyline from an economic perspective.

His research in this area has been published in the Journal of Regional Science, Real Estate Economics, the Journal of Economic History and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. His work has been widely-cited in the media, including in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and on National Public Radio. Click here for his book talk at the Skyscraper Museum, broadcast on C-SPAN3.

Dr. Barr has also performed research in the area of agent-based computational economics. His Ph.D. dissertation applied agent-based modeling in the field of industrial organization. He has done work on studying the prisoner’s dilemma in a spatial context. In addition, Dr. Barr has published several studies within applied economics, including on the economics of education and the political economy of the European Union.

Dr. Barr is the co-founder and co-organizer of the NYC Computational Economics and Complexity Workshop, which meets annually and the Eastern Economic Association meetings. The workshop is for scholars interested in agent-based computational economics and related areas.

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Jason Barr's Book Cover


  • Urban Economics
  • Agent-Based Modeling