School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health
Sarah Baird is a Professor of Global Health and Economics in the Department of Global Health. She is also the Vice Chair of the Department of Global Health. Dr. Baird is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and an Affiliated Faculty at The Jacobs Institute of Women's Health and The Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP) at the Elliot School of International Affairs.
Dr. Baird is a development economist whose research focuses on the microeconomics of health and education in low- and middle-income countries with an emphasis on gender and youth. She is currently co-chair of the 2024 Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing (https://adolescentsourfuture.com/2024-lancet-commission/). Her work has been published in leading academic journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and The Lancet, and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Economist. Baird’s current work investigates different policy approaches to improve outcomes for adolescents ranging from cash transfers, to Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy, to social norms change. She received her PhD from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley in 2007.