Katie Baird is a Professor of Economics at the University of Washington Tacoma within the Division of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs. She specializes in public economics and public policy. Recent projects include analyses of the financial burden out-of-pocket medical costs place on citizens in different countries, and a cross-national comparison of the incidence of health care spending. Recently she joined a research team to examine the effect of drop boxes on voting patterns in Washington state.
Between 2010 and 2013, Dr. Baird wrote bi-weekly columns on public affairs for Tacoma's News Tribune. In 2015 she was an elected Commissioner with Pierce County's Charter Review Commission.
Earlier research investigates the link between education policy and social mobility; this work culminated in her book Trapped in Mediocrity.