Lawrence Baker

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.Sc. in technology and policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.Eng.-M.Eng. in manufacturing engineering, Cambridge University


Lawrence Baker is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has an M.Sc. in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a combined M.Eng.-B.Eng. in manufacturing engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Baker was a consultant engineer at TTP, where he designed medical devices, and a research assistant at the Center for Biomedical Innovation, where he worked on how evidence generated though pharmaceutical research could better support patient and provider decisions. He also spent a summer as a science policy researcher at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His research interests include health care systems; health economics; science, technology, and innovation policy; and health care program evaluation.


  • A healthcare worker holds syringes with COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center, in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Will the United States Declare Freedom from COVID-19 Too Soon?

    RAND analyzed what could happen with COVID-19 deaths in the United States if restrictions all go away on July 4. Fully reopening the economy before Biden's vaccination target was met doubled the average number of COVID-19 deaths between Independence Day and the end of the year.

    May 21, 2021 The RAND Blog