Beth J. Asch

Senior Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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Beth Asch is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of study include labor economics and defense manpower. She has led numerous studies on compensation design in the military and in the federal civil service, and on military recruiting and personnel supply to the armed forces. Her most recent work includes military retirement reform, enlistment supply and recruiting resource effectiveness, and supply of language capability to the intelligence community. Asch's research has been widely disseminated as reports, briefings, and journal articles among the policy community, the media, and the academic community. Asch received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Recent Projects

  • Military retirement reform
  • Recruiting resource effectiveness
  • Recruitment of minorities
  • Retention of language professionals
  • Mitigation of corruption among Mexico's security forces

Selected Publications

James Hosek, Beth Asch, Michael Mattock, Should the Increase in Military Pay Be Slowed, RAND Corporation (TR-1185-OSD), 2012

Beth J. Asch et al., Cash Incentives and Military Enlistment, Attrition, and Reenlistment, RAND Corporation (MG-324-OSD), 2010

Beth Asch, James Miller, John Warner, "Economics and the All-Volunteer Force," in Better Living Through Economics, John Sigfried (Editor), Boston MA: Harvard University Press, 2009

Beth J. Asch and Paul Heaton, Recruiting Minorities: What Explains Recent Trends in the Army and Navy?RAND Corporation (MG-861-OSD), 2009

Beth Asch, James Hosek, Michael Mattock, Christina Panis, Assessing Compensation Reform: Research in Support of the 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, RAND (MG-764-OSD), 2008

Beth Asch, James Hosek, John Warner, "New Economics of Defense Manpower in the Post-Cold War Era," in The Handbook of Defense Economics. Volume 2. Chapter 32, Edited by Todd Sandler and Keith Hartley. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007

Beth Asch, Steven Haider, and Julie Zissimopoulos, "Financial Incentives and Retirement: Evidence from Federal Civil Service Workers," Journal of Public Economics, 2005

Beth Asch, Trey Miller, Alessandro Malchiodi, A New Look at Gender and Minority Differences in Officer Career Progression in the Military, RAND Corporation (TR-1159-OSD), 2004

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Anderson Independent Mail; AP; Bloomberg News; CQ Weekly; The Economist; Los Angeles Times; Minnesota Public Radio; The Nation; New York Times; NPR; Stars and Stripes; USA Today; Washington Post

Commentary: Boston Globe


  • Should Uncle Sam Want You?

    Despite some calls to reinstitute the draft, Beth Asch writes in an commentary that the all-volunteer military is working just fine.

    Feb 9, 2003 Boston Globe