Daniel Egel

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Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in biology, University of Chicago

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Daniel Egel is an economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the effectiveness of development and stability programs, and the institutions that mediate their success in fragile and instability-prone countries. His work at RAND has focused on programs implemented by the military, particularly the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community. Egel deployed with the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan (SOJTF-A) and Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command–Afghanistan (CFSOCC-A). He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, a consultant for the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and has worked with the Yemeni Social Fund for Development since 2009. Egel received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previous Positions

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation; Consultant, Yemen Social Fund for Development, Sana'a, Yemen; Consultant, Middle East Youth Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Senior Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution

Recent Projects

  • Assessing the Commander's Emergency Response Program
  • Reachback Support to SOJTF-A

Selected Publications

Daniel Egel, "Tribal Heterogeneity and the Allocation of Publicly Provided Goods: Evidence from Yemen," Journal of Development Economics, 2012 (forthcoming)

Bryan Graham, Cristine Pinto, and Daniel Egel, "Inverse probability tilting for moment condition models with missing data," Review of Economic Studies, 79(3):1053-1079, 2012

Daniel Egel and Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, "Youth Transitions to Employment and Marriage in Iran: Evidence from the School to Work Transition Survey," Middle East Development Journal, 2(1):89-120, 2010

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani and Daniel Egel "Beyond Statism: Toward a New Social Contract for Iranian Youth," in Navtej Dhillon and Tarik Yousef, eds., Generation in Waiting: The Unfulfilled Promise of Young People in the Middle East, The Brookings Institution Press, 2009

Ragui Assaad, Ghada Barsoum, Emily Cupito, and Daniel Egel "Youth Exclusion in Yemen: Tackling the Twin Deficits in Human Development and Natural Resources," in Wolfensohn Center for Development and Dubai School of Government, The Middle East Youth Initiative Working Paper No. 9, The Middle East Youth Initiative, 2009

Roberta Contin, Daniel Egel, Kunera Moore, and Hussein Ogleh "A Report on Child Labor and Education in Aden, Hajjah, Hudeida and Tai'z Governorates in Yemen," in CHF International, Yemen ACCESS-Plus Baseline Report, CHF International, 2009