Nicholas Barr

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Nicholas Barr, 1989

Nicholar Barr FRSA is a British economist, currently serving as professor of public economics at the London School of Economics (LSE). He received his Ph.D. in Economics as a Fulbright Scholar from the University of California, Berkeley and his MSc in Economics from LSE. According to his LSE biography, he has worked for the World Bank, "from 1990-92 working on the design of income transfers and health finance in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, and in 1995-96 as a principal author of the World Bank's World Development Report 1996: From Plan to Market." He also served as an advisor to the British, Chinese and South African governments.[1]

Since 1987, he has published four editions of his series, Economics of the welfare state, the last of which was published in 2004.[2] According to, he has published the following books:[3]


  • Investing in Human Capital: A Capital Markets Approach to Student Funding (2007), co-authored with Miguel Palacios Lleras
  • Labor Markets And Social Policy In Central And Eastern Europe: The Accession And Beyond (2005)
  • Economics of the welfare state (1987, 1993, 1998, 2004)
  • The Welfare State As Piggy Bank: Information, Risk, Uncertainty, and the Role of the State (2001)
  • Economic Theory and the Welfare State (2001)
  • Financing Higher Education: Answers from the UK (2001)
  • Labor Markets and Social Policy in Central and Eastern Europe: The Transition and Beyond (1994)
  • Poland: Income Support and the Social Safety Net During the Transition (World Bank Country Study) (1993)
  • The State of Welfare: The Welfare State in Britain Since 1974 (1990)
  • Strategies for Higher Education: The Alternative White Paper (Hume Papers) (1989)
  • Public Financing in Theory and Practice (1987)

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  1. ^ "Barr bio at LSE". Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ Barr, N. (2004). Economics of the welfare state. New York: Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ " search results for Nicholas Barr". Retrieved 2008-03-18. 

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