Katie Baird, Ph.D.

Associate Professor ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Economics and Social Policy

Baird, Katie

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: WCG 403
Phone: 253-692-5854
Email: kebaird@u.washington.edu
Web: http://faculty.washington.edu/kebaird/

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000.
  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1989.
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1982.

Biography

I teach courses that apply economic theory to analyses of public policies and public affairs. My research interests are in social policy, especially education policy, and center on the institutions and policies that foster social mobility.

Research

I am currently engaged in a couple of research projects that investigate the evolution of "welfare state" policies in rich democracies. I'm intrigued by the politics of growing inequality coupled with the rhetoric of austerity, and how politically governments are responding to these forces.

Teaching

I teach courses that apply economic theory to analyses of public policies and public affairs. For instance, I teach a course on the economics of taxation and social policies (TECON 416 Current Topics in US Public Policy) and another on the economics of education (TECON 420 Economics of Education).

Selected Publications

  • Trapped in Mediocrity: Why Our Schools Aren't World-Class and What We Can Do About It. Lanham, Md: Roman & Littlefield (2012).
  • Katherine Baird y Rodolpho Elias (forthcoming). Factores asociados al logro académico en Paraguay: un análisis multinivel, Revista Paraguaya de Educación.
  • Katherine Baird (forthcoming). Tragedy of the Commons, Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (Brewer and Picus, eds). Sage Reference.
  • Katherine Baird (forthcoming). International Datasets in Education, Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (Brewer and Picus, eds). Sage Reference.
  • Katherine Baird (forthcoming). National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (Brewer and Picus, eds). Sage Reference.
  • Katherine Baird (2011). Class in the Classroom: The Relationship Between School Resources and Math Performance Among Low Socioeconomic Status Students in 19 Rich Countries, Education Economics., May: 1-26.
  • Katherine Baird (2010) Assessing Student Learning of Math in High School: How Useful Are Student Test Scores? Educational Policy, 20(10): 1-26.
  • Katherine Baird (2008). Federal Direct Expenditures and School Funding Disparities, 1990-2000, Journal of Education Finance, 33(3): 297-310.
  • Katherine Baird (2007). Access to College: The role of tuition, financial aid, scholastic preparation and college supply in US public college enrollments. Journal of Student Financial Aid, 36(3): 16-38.
  • Katherine Baird (2006). Do Prepaid Tuition Programs Affect State Support for Higher Education? Journal of Education Finance, 31(3): 255-275.
  • Katherine Baird (2006). The Political Economy of Prepaid Tuition Plans, Review of Higher Education,26(2): 141-166.

Affiliations

  • American Education Finance Association
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Allied Social Science Association
  • Western Economic Association International
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
  • Washington Educational Research Association

Professional Service

  • Member, Board of Advisors, National Education Finance Conference (2010-present)
  • Mentor, College Success Foundation, Lincoln High School (2009-2011)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Education Finance (2008-present)
  • Columnist, The Tacoma News Tribune (2010-2013)

Reviewer:

  • Journal of Education Finance
  • Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Educational Policy, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • UW Royal Research Foundation
  • State and Local Government Review
  • Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

Honors and Awards

  • 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.