I am an applied microeconomist with research interests in the fields of development, labor, demography, and health.

I joined the faculty of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as an Assistant Scientist in July 2015. Prior to this, I was a David E. Bell Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for Population & Development Studies.

At Hopkins, I am involved in several initiatives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health as a co-investigator in projects related to measuring the demographic dividend, promoting family planning in urban poor settings in Africa and Asia, and devising tools for monitoring the performance of large-scale reproductive health projects.

My paper on the impact of subsidized contraceptives on birth rates in the Philippines received the 2014 Dorothy S. Thomas Award for best dissertation paper from the Population Association of America (PAA).

I presented this paper at the following venues:
  • the 2013 IUSSP International Seminar on Unmet Need in Nanyuki, Kenya,
  • the 2013 PAA Annual Meeting in New Orleans,
  • the 2013 PacDev Conference in San Francisco,
  • the 2013 AEA Annual Meeting in San Diego,
  • the 2012 NEUDC Conference at Dartmouth College,
  • the 2012 WEAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and
  • the 2012 PopPov Conference in Accra, Ghana.

You may reach me at:
ian.salas[at]jhu.edu