Professor Bayer is the creator and editor of Diversifying Economic Quality, a widely read online resource supported by the American Economic Association, which promotes inclusive, innovative, and evidence-based teaching practices in economics. The project helps economists to engage students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles and to recalibrate their teaching and research with new insights on race, class, gender, culture, discrimination, and inequality.
Professor Bayer is currently working on projects for the Federal Reserve Board, the Social Science Research Council, the College Board, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the co-organizer of the National Summit on Diversity in the Economics Profession, hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in partnership with the American Economic Association, at which Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen delivered the opening remarks. Other recent research includes econometric analyses of mentoring programs for at-risk youth and development of alternative measures of the poverty rate. As a certified reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education, she evaluates randomized controlled trial and quasi-experimental design studies of the effectiveness of educational interventions.
Using her expertise in game theory, Professor Bayer has researched the effects of strategic behavior in settings such as litigation, labor negotiations, managerial decision making, and neighborhood development. She has partnered with a variety of nonprofit organizations to investigate topics of mutual interest and has led major projects for the College's Peace and Conflict Studies and Athletics programs.