Lawrence Baker

Lawrence Baker
Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Boston 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 an M.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 an intern science-policy researcher at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). His research has focuses on modeling the impact of public health and criminal justice interventions. His RAND projects include developing RAND’s COVID-19 epidemiological model, identifying novel data sources for syndromic surveillance for mental health, and updating RAND's COMPARE microsimulation model of health insurance markets. For his Ph.D. dissertation, he is working with the L.A. County Office of Diversion and Reentry to evaluate the impact of their Reentry Intensive Case Management Services Program for people leaving jail.

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal, RAND


  • Epidemiology

    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