Matthew D. Baird

matthew baird
Economist
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in economics, Brigham Young University

Overview

Matthew Baird is an economist at the RAND Corporation whose research focuses primarily on understanding labor markets to improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations. Examples of this research include evaluating through an RCT a job training pipeline for underemployed workers, an analysis of dentist location and the effects on access to care, an evaluation of low-income minority students' access to effective teachers, and a development of new methodology to evaluate disequilibrium in specialized labor markets, with an application to the labor market for anesthesiologists. Baird's research more generally spans the fields of labor, demographics, and education. His recent and current research includes evaluating the role of non-wage benefits in occupation and job transition and its relationship to inequality interventions, strategic transfers to qualify for long term care Medicaid coverage, belief formation of housing prices, evaluations of principal training programs and personalized learning intervenions, an analysis of for-profit college response to increases and decreases in student federal financial benefits, an evaluation of minority timing of STEM major drop-outs in college, and development of methodology to compare the trade-offs of the number of years included when evaluating worker productivity. He also assists with the American Life Panel, leading the weighting and sampling of the surveys. Baird has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Commentary

  • Woman chopping vegetables in a restaurant kitchen

    California's Tourism Industry: A Launching Pad for New Careers

    Travel and tourism jobs in California often serve as an entry point for those outside the paid labor force. Nearly 55 percent leave the industry within a few years, some of whom move to another industry but keep the same occupation. Others change occupations as they change industries.

    Jun 29, 2017 The RAND Blog

Publications