Louay Constant

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Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public policy and administration, University of Kentucky; M.S. in agricultural economics, University of Kentucky; B.A. in economics, University of Notre Dame


Louay Constant is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. While at RAND, he has worked on a number of projects that have examined the link between national skills demand and supply, K-12 education reform, postsecondary education and training initiatives, and labor markets. Constant's main research focus area has been on school-to-work transition, and the experiences of soon-to-be graduates or recent graduates in seeking education and employment. Constant is interested in research on mechanisms to address human capital deficits and improve the alignment between labor market supply and demand.

Most recently he has worked on projects in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq, developing strategies to increase access and improve quality of general and vocational education, and in both the Kurdistan Region - Iraq and Mongolia, examining labor market performance and the experiences of youth in education and employment. He also recently co-led a study for the World Bank on the state of knowledge on youth employment in Saudi Arabia. Constant employs mixed-methods in his analysis, with background and experience conducting and analyzing surveys, secondary data analysis, as well as collecting and analyzing qualitative data through interviews and focus groups.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Instructor, University of Southern California

Recent Projects

  • Examining the Mongolian Labor Market and Identifying Constraints to its Performance
  • Indicators of Economic Opportunities for the Youth: A Collaboration between Silatech and RAND
  • Improving Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq
  • Improving the Private Sector Labor Market in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq
  • Improving Access and Quality in Education in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq

Selected Publications

Howard J. Shatz, Louay Constant, Francisco Perez-Arce, Eric Robinson, Robin Beckman, Haijing Huang, Peter Glick, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Improving the Mongolian Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth, RAND (RR-1092-ILS), 2015

Louay Constant, Shelly Culbertson, Cathleen Stasz, Georges Vernez, Improving Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq., RAND Corporation (RR-277-KRG), 2014

Hansen, Michael L., Howard J. Shatz, Louay Constant, Alexandria Smith, Krishna B. Kumar, Heather Krull, Artur Usanov, Strategies for Private-Sector Development and Civil Service Reform in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq, RAND Corporation (MG-1117-1-KRG), 2014

Ryan Andrew Brown, Louay Constant, Peter Glick, Audra K. Grant, Youth in Jordan: Transitions from Education to Employment, RAND (RR-556-CMEPP), 2014

Constant, Louay, Charles A. Goldman, Gail Zellman, Catherine H. Augustine, Titus Galama, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Cassandra M. Guarino, Rita Karam, Gery Wayne Ryan, and Hanine Salem, "Promoting Quality and Variety Through the Public Financing of Privately Operated Schools in Qatar," Journal of School Choice, 4(4):450-473, 2010

Louay Constant, Vazha Nadareishvili with Hanine Salem, A Survey of Qatari Secondary School Seniors: Methods and Results, RAND (TR-577-QATAR), 2008

Gabriella Gonzalez, Lynn Karoly, Louay Constant, Hanine Salem, and Charles Goldman, Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century, RAND (MG-786), 2008

Dominic J. Brewer, Catherine H. Augustine, Gail L. Zellman, Gery Ryan, Charles A. Goldman, Cathleen Stasz, Louay Constant, Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND (MG-548-QATAR), 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Merit Bonus Award (shared), RAND


  •  Graduates wearing caps and gowns

    Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them.

    May 19, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Syrian refugee children who crossed into Jordanian territory with their families, January 14, 2016

    Battered by War, Syrian Refugee Kids Need to Be Taught

    More than 700,000 Syrian refugee children are not receiving formal education. Host countries are struggling to create enough spaces to accommodate them in schools, and there are no formal programs to teach children who have missed years of instruction.

    Jan 15, 2016 Newsweek

  • Two Indian college students outdoors

    Building a Sound Technical and Vocational Education and Training System

    Technical and vocational education and training in India has expanded significantly over the past two decades. But quality and relevance remain significant issues. What may be learned from other countries' experiences?

    Dec 31, 2014 EduTech Magazine