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About Katie Baird

I’m passionate about good, evidence-based policy. I specialize in public economics, and my research investigates the effect of public policies on social mobility. I’ve written on education policy, income redistribution policy, and health financing policy. Most recently I’ve engaged in research projects with a team of others to investigate the effect of voting drop boxes on voter turnout. My courses use economic theory to analyze public policies. Between 2010 and 2013 I wrote bi-weeking columns in the News Tribune on local, national and international policy issues. You’ll find these and other oped pieces on my blog.


Present Associate Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Scholar, University of Bergen (Norway), Department of Economics and Centre for Economic Studies in Social Insurance and Labour Economics. University of Washington Faculty Exchange. Fall 2015.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, Universidad del País Vasco, Departamento de Fundamentos del Análisis Económico II, Jan-June 2008.
  • Distinguished Teacher of the Year Nomination, University of Washington Tacoma (2002, 2014).
  • Interamerican Development Bank, principal investigator (2007-2008). Network Study on Quality of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Case Study of Paraguay.


2000 PhD, University of Massachusetts ‐ Economics
1989 M.S., Michigan State University ‐ Agricultural Economics
1982 B.A., University of California - Berkeley ‐ Economics

Contact Information

Phone: 253-692-5854
Room: WCG 403


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