Sarah Baird, Ph.D.,  M.S.

Sarah Baird, Ph.D., M.S.

Sarah Baird is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Economics in the Department of Global Health. She is also an Affiliated Faculty at The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) at the Elliot School of International Affairs.

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Dr. Baird is a development economist whose research focuses on the microeconomics of health and education in developing countries with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked on areas as diverse as the schooling and health of young women in Malawi, community-driven development in Tanzania, deworming in Kenya, and global infant mortality. She received her Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley in 2007.


Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Environmental science, Politics), Claremont McKenna College, 2001 Master of Science (Agricultural and resource economics), University of California at Berkeley, 2002 Doctor of Philosophy (Agricultural and resource economics), University of California at Berkeley, 2007


PubH 6440: Global Health Economics and Finance, Department of Global Health PubH 8418: Doctoral Research Methods II PubH 8420: Doctoral Research Methods III


Dr. Baird’s research interests are largely contained within the intersection of health, poverty and education at a micro level. She utilizes quantitative research methods to investigate the causal effects of programs and policies on health and education outcomes. She is currently conducting randomized impact evaluations on health and education in Malawi (cash transfers), Tanzania (community driven development) and Kenya (school based deworming). Her research has been featured in a variety of media outlets including The Economist and the New York Times.

Community Service

Dr. Baird is a peer reviewer for numerous journals including the American Economic Review, American Journal of Public Health, Demography, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Effectiveness, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Human Resources, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS One, Quarterly Journal of Economics, SAGE, The Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Bank Economic Review, and World Development. Dr. Baird is also a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Economic Association (AEA), International Health Economics Association (IHEA) and Population Association of America (PAA). She also serves on the Advisory Group for the Global Gender Program for the Elliot School of International Affairs.


  • Development Economics
  • Global Health
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Sub-Saharan Africa