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Jason M. Barr is an American economist and author, at Rutgers University-Newark, whose work is in the field 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 which chronicled the history of the Manhattan skyline from an economic perspective. Barr earned his B.S. from Cornell University in 1992, his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 2002.
Barr’s work has addressed widely held myths or misconceptions about skyscrapers and cities. For example, research performed by Barr and his colleagues showed that there was no evidence for the Skyscraper Curse, that the completion of the world's tallest building is a herald of an economic crisis. Barr has also debunked the misconception that Manhattan's geological conditions have been the reason there are few skyscrapers between lower Manhattan and Midtown. Rather, Barr's work demonstrates that Midtown's origin was due to the city's demographic evolution and the fact that Manhattan is a long, but narrow, island that concentrated economic activity to a much greater degree, as compared to other cities.
- Emily Badger, How skyscrapers reveal the rise and fall American fortunes. The Washington Post, Wonkblog, Jan. 8, 2016
- Jason Barr. Skyscraper height. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 2012, 45(3), 723-753.
- Henry Grabar, Which skyscraper is tallest? It's complicated. Salon.com, Nov. 11, 2013
- Jeff Giles, It’s Tough Being a Young Skyscraper, The New York Times, Sept. 9, 2019
- The up and up. The Economist, Aug. 20, 2016.
- Jan Klerks. Book Review: Explaining the Manhattan skyline by the numbers. Skyhigh.city. August 17, 2016
- Barr, Jason. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 1 November 2016.
- Alissa Walker. 5 myths about New York City skyscrapers, debunked. Curbed.com, October 6, 2016
- Jason Barr and Gerard Koeppel. The Manhattan Street Grid Plan: Misconceptions and Corrections, January 4, 2017
- Jason Barr, Bruce Mizrach and Kusum Mundra. Skyscraper height and the business cycle: separating myth from reality. Applied Economics, 2015, 47(2), 148-160.
- Towers of Babel: Is there such a thing as the skyscraper curse? The Economist, March 28, 2015
- Matt Chaban. Uncanny valley: the real reason there are no skyscrapers in the middle of Manhattan. The New York Observer, January 17, 2012
- Matt Chaban. Paul Goldberger and skyscraper economist Jason Barr debate the Manhattan skyline. The New York Observer, January 25, 2012
- David W. Dunlap. 450 million years ago, Hell's Kitchen earned its name. The New York Times, February 2, 2015
- Jason Barr, Troy Tassier and Rossen Trendafilov. Depth to bedrock and the formation of the Manhattan skyline, 1890–1915. Journal of Economic History, 2011, 71(4), 1060-1077.
- Chris Weller. 6 hidden reasons why New York City looks like it does. TechInsider, September 25, 2015.
- Richard Florida and Andrew Small. The curious case of New York's two economic centers. Citylab.com, November 23, 2016.
- Jason Barr and Troy Tassier . The dynamics of subcenter formation: Midtown Manhattan, 1861-1906. Journal of Regional Science, 2016, 56(5), 731–933.