Zoë M. McLaren

Assistant Professor

Department of Health Management and Policy
School of Public Health
University of Michigan

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.


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

Tel: 734-615-3633
Fax: 734-764-4338
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 nonā€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


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.


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.)


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.


McLaren, Z, K. H. Lee, A. Sharp and A. Nanoo. Trends in Tuberculosis and Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis among Provinces in South Africa. (In preparation.)


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