Zoë M. McLaren
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and an Affiliate of the Health Econometrics and Data Group at York University.
My research builds the evidence base to guide health and economic policy by developing rigorous applied econometric approaches that leverage existing data to answer important questions. My work contributes to three strands of literature: (1) estimating the impact of access to health resources on economic outcomes, (2) generating rigorous evidence to address the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic and (3) identifying the causes of high unemployment in low-income countries. I maintain a strong network of South African research partners at the Department of Health, Statistics South Africa (central statistics agency), National Treasury, Human Sciences Research Council, National Health Laboratory Service, and the University of Cape Town.
Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) (2018- Present).
External Affiliate, Health Econometrics and Data Group, York University (2016-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).
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
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 67(4): 757-798. - 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 54(4): 825-856. - 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
PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS
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.
ECONOMICS WORKING PAPERS
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. Economic Stimulus from Public Health Programs: Externalities from Mass AIDS Treatment Provision in South Africa. - pdf
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.
American Economic Association
Society of Labor Economists
Population Association of America
American Society of Health Economists
International Health Economics Association