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.
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