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Department of Global Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health
George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20052

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.

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
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.

Sarah Baird

Primary Research Fields:Development Economics, Program Design and Evaluation, Applied Microeconomics, Health Economics

Department of Global Health

Institute for International Economic Policy


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