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Stephen R. Barnes, Ph.D.
E.J. Ourso College of Business, LSU

Stephen Barnes is the Director of the LSU Division of Economic Development and Forecasting, an applied economics research unit of the E.J. Ourso College of Business at LSU.

He received his undergraduate degree from LSU and his Master’s and PhD in economics from The University of Texas at Austin.

His research as an economist focuses on health and labor economics and has published academic work on the interaction of the labor market and the demand for health insurance. In addition, Dr. Barnes has collaborated on the Louisiana Health Insurance Survey since 2007, which is a biennial survey offering the most comprehensive review of health insurance coverage in the state.

He is married to Ivy Barnes and they have four daughters: the oldest two, Stella (8) and Rayna (6), attend Westdale Heights Academic Magnet and the younger two Farrah (3) and Bliss (1) are headed that way as soon as they can catch up with their big sisters.

Current Topic


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for these job hunters in 2014?

Recent Topics


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?


02/14 - Energy’s Environmental Footprint

What cost to the state are energy’s economic dividends?


01/14 - Decoding Common Core

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?


12/13 - STEM Status: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana (Encore Presentation)

How can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions?

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