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Katherine Baicker

Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor

Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Katherine Baicker, PhD, is the Dean and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dean Baicker serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, and on the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and Company, and HMS. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Health Care Management; a Trustee of NORC; on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and a Trustee of the Mayo Clinic. She has served as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; as Chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; as Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth, and as a Senate-confirmed member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Dean Baicker’s research focuses on the effectiveness of public and private health insurance, including the effect of health system reforms on health disparities and the quality of care. Her large-scale research projects include the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, a randomized evaluation of the effects of Medicaid coverage. She received her BA in economics from Yale and her PhD in economics from Harvard.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.