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Ian Salas

Ian Salas

Senior Technical Advisor

Ian Salas joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in July 2015 as an Assistant Scientist at the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health and a Research Economist at the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Prior to this, he was a David E. Bell Research Fellow at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2013 from the University of California, Irvine with a specialization in development and labor economics.

He has extensive training and hands-on expertise in estimating economic lifecycles using the National Transfer Accounts (NTA ) framework, a building block in determining the strength of the demographic dividend that a developing country can reap. He has been conducting research in the economics and financing of family planning, including the causal identification of the fertility and health effects of having a weak supply chain system for contraceptives. This work has won for him the 2014 Dorothy S. Thomas Award for best dissertation paper from the Population Association of America (PAA) and the 2015 Take Stock Hero Award from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC). Together with Mr. Rimon, Mr. Saffitz, and Dr. Tsui, Dr. Salas was part of the core team that developed and wrote the TCI proposal.

Read More:

PRB article: “Subsidized Contraceptives Benefit Disadvantaged Women”

Vox explainer: “Here’s a map of the countries where the pill is fully subsidized (it includes Iran)”

Bow Street Bulletin feature story: “Lack of subsidized contraception impacts families in Philippines” (see back cover)