Zoë M. McLaren
Department of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
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.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan (2010-Present).
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).
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Email: zmclaren (at) umich (dot) edu
Bailey, M., O. Malkova and Z. McLaren. 2018. Does Family Planning Increase Children's Economic Resources? Evidence from the War on Poverty and the Early Years of Title X. (Conditionally accepted at Journal of Human Resources.) - pdf - Policy Brief
McLaren, Z. 2017. Coping with Intra-Household Job Separation in South Africa's Labor Market. Economic Development and Cultural Change, forthcoming. - pdf
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
PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS
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, czx057. - 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. December 1-11. - 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.
REVISIONS REQUESTED - PUBLIC HEALTH
McLaren, Z, A. Sharp, E. Brouwer and A. Nanoo. 2017. The Impact of AIDS Treatment on Tuberculosis Detection at the National Level in South Africa. (Revisions requested at AIDS.) - pdf
Sharp, A., T. Donahoe, J. Barocio, A. Milliken, S. Charalambous and Z. McLaren. Do Incarcerated Populations Act As A Disease Reservoir for Tuberculosis? (Revisions requested at American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.)
ECONOMICS WORKING PAPERS
McLaren, Z, The Effect of Access to AIDS Treatment on Employment Outcomes in South Africa. - pdf
Bor, J., Z. McLaren, F. Tanser and T. Barnighausen. HIV Treatment as Economic Stimulus: Community Spillover Effects of Mass ART Provision in Rural South Africa. - pdf
Fitzpatrick, A. and Z. McLaren. The Impact of Public Health Sector Stockouts on Private Health Sector Care: Evidence from the Ugandan Antimalarial Market. - pdf
Wilde, J. and Z. McLaren. The Effect of Ambient Temperature during Pregnancy on Human Sex Ratios at Birth.
Rutledge M. and Z. McLaren. Holding Out or Opting Out? Deciding Between Retirement and Disability Applications in Recessions.
PUBLIC HEALTH WORKING PAPERS
McLaren, Z, K. H. Lee, A. Sharp and A. Nanoo. Trends in Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis among Provinces in South Africa. (In preparation.)
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS
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.
McLaren, Z and S. Baird. Improving adherence to TB treatment in developing countries: Evaluating innovative interventions with a randomized experiment.
Leibbrandt, M., D. Lam, C. Ardington, N. Branson, Z. McLaren and A. Menendez. The Effect of Access to Family Planning on Long-Term Economic Outcomes in South Africa.
American Economic Association
Society of Labor Economists
Population Association of America
American Society of Health Economists
International Health Economics Association