Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor
Harris Public Policy
Katherine Baicker’s research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. She is currently one of the leaders of a research program investigating the many effects of expanding health insurance coverage in the context of a randomized Medicaid expansion in Oregon.
Her research has been published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured in such outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.
Baicker received her BA in economics from Yale University and her PhD in economics from Harvard University. Most recently, she was the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She has also served on the faculty of the Department of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Economics Department at Dartmouth College; and the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences and the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.