Zoë M. McLaren

Associate Professor

School of Public Policy
University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Curriculum Vitae

Research Statement

Faculty Webpage

My research strengthens the data-evidence-policy pathway by using applied econometric methods to build the evidence base to guide health and labor policy in developing countries. My work contributes to three strands of the literature: (1) identifying the causes of high unemployment in South Africa, (2) estimating the impact of access to health resources on economic outcomes, and (3) generating rigorous evidence to address the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.


Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland - Baltimore County (2018- Present).
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan (2010-2018).
Visiting Scholar, International Institute for Economic Policy, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University (2017).
External Affiliate, Health Econometrics and Data Group, York University (2016-present).
Research Affiliate, IZA Institute for the Study of Labor (2010-2016).
Faculty Associate, Center for Global Health, University of Michigan (2011-2013).


Ph.D. Public Policy and Economics, University of Michigan (2010).
B.A. Biology and Government, Dartmouth College (2000).


1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Tel: 410-455-3203
Fax: 410-455-1172
Email: zmclaren (at) umbc (dot) edu


McLaren, Z. 2019. Coping with Intra-Household Job Separation in South Africa's Labor Market. Economic Development and Cultural Change, in press. - pdf

Bailey, M., O. Malkova and Z. McLaren. 2019. Does Family Planning Increase Children's Economic Resources? Evidence from the War on Poverty and the Early Years of Title X. Journal of Human Resources, in press. - pdf - Policy Brief

Burger, R, and Z. McLaren. 2017. An econometric method for estimating population parameters from non‐random samples: An application to clinical case finding. Health Economics, 26 (9), 1110-1122. - pdf

Levinsohn, J., Z. McLaren, O. Shisana and K. Zuma. 2013. HIV Status and Labor Market Participation in South Africa. Review of Economics and Statistics, March, 95(1): 98-108. - pdf

Banerjee, A., S. Galiani, J. Levinsohn, Z. McLaren and I. Woolard. 2008. Why Has Unemployment Risen in the New South Africa?" Economics of Transition, 16(4): 715-740. - pdf


McLaren, Z, A. Sharp, E. Brouwer and A. Nanoo. 2018. The Impact of AIDS Treatment on Tuberculosis Detection at the National Level in South Africa. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 99(6): 1407 – 1414. - pdf

Sharp, A., J.T. Donahoe, J. Barocio, A. Milliken, S. Charalambous and Z. McLaren. 2018. Do Incarcerated Populations Serve As A Disease Reservoir for Tuberculosis? American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 99(6): 1390 – 1396. - pdf

Coetzee, E., Z. McLaren, L. Bam, K.H. von Leipzig. 2017. Reducing stock-outs of essential tuberculosis medicines: A system dynamics modelling approach to supply chain management. Health Policy and Planning 32(8): 1127-34. - pdf

McLaren, Z, Sharp, A., Hessburg, J., Sabet Sarvestani, A., Parker, E., Akazili, J, Johnson, T.R.B. and Sienko, K. 2017. Cost effectiveness of medical devices to reduce mortality from pre-eclampsia in low-resource countries. Development Engineering 2, 99-106. - pdf

McLaren, Z, A. Sharp, J. Zhou, S. Wasserman and A. Nanoo. 2016. Assessing Healthcare Quality Using Routine Data: Evaluating the Performance of the National Tuberculosis Programme in South Africa. Tropical Medicine and International Health 22 (2), 171-179. - pdf

McLaren, Z, A. Milliken, A. Meyer and A. Sharp. 2016. Does Directly Observed Therapy Improve Tuberculosis Treatment? More Evidence Is Needed To Guide Tuberculosis Policy. BMC Infectious Diseases 16:537. - pdf

McLaren, Z., K. Schnippel and A. Sharp. 2016. A Data-Driven Evaluation of the Stop TB Global Partnership Strategy of Targeting Key Populations at Greater Risk for Tuberculosis. PLoS One 11(10): e0163083. - pdf

McLaren, Z., Brouwer, E., Ederer, D., Fischer, K. and Branson, N. 2015. Gender patterns of tuberculosis testing and disease in South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease 19(1):104-110. - pdf

McLaren, Z. Equity in the national rollout of public AIDS treatment in South Africa 2004-08. 2014. Health Policy and Planning 30(9), 1162-1172. - pdf

McLaren, Z., C. Ardington and M. Leibbrandt. 2014. Distance decay and persistent health care disparities in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research 14.1 (2014): 541. - pdf

Moyer CA, McLaren Z, Adanu RM, Lantz PM. 2013. Understanding the relationship between access to care and facility-based delivery through an analysis of 2008 Ghana Demographic Health Survey data. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 122: 224-229. - pdf

R.G. Majelantle, K. Bainame and Z. McLaren. 2010. Knowledge and Risky Behaviours Associated with the Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Young Persons in Botswana. Botswana Notes and Records, 42:121-133.


McLaren, Z, The Effect of Access to AIDS Treatment on Employment Outcomes in South Africa. - pdf

McLaren, Z., J. Bor, F. Tanser and T. Barnighausen. HIV Treatment as Economic Stimulus: Community Spillover Effects of Mass ART Provision in Rural South Africa. - pdf

Wilde, J. and Z. McLaren. The Effect of Ambient Temperature during Pregnancy on Human Sex Ratios at Birth.


McLaren, Z. Stormborn: The impact of facility-based delivery on maternal and child health and human capital outcomes.

McLaren, Z and R. Burger. A new econometric method to estimate public servant effectiveness: An application to police vehicle search and seizure.

McLaren, Z, J. Rathauser and E. Yoeli. Evaluating Digital Behavioral Interventions to Increase Tuberculosis Drug Adherence.


American Economic Association

Society of Labor Economists

Population Association of America

American Society of Health Economists

International Health Economics Association