JASON BARR ( Ph.D., Columbia University) is an Associate Professor of economics at Rutgers University, Newark, and an affiliated faculty member with the Institute on Education Law and Policy. He is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the Economics Department. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. His research interests include urban economics, the economics of education, and computational economics. He has written several papers in the area of education, investigating charter school performance in New Jersey and the labor market for teachers in New York City.