Susan M. Gates

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Director, Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; M.A. in Russian and Eastern European studies, Stanford University; A.B. in mathematical economics, Brown University

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Susan M. Gates is a senior economist specializing in the economics of organizations, political economy, and applications of economic management principles to public-sector organizations, with a special interest in public-sector leadership and entrepreneurship. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Gates serves as director of the Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy. Gates's current projects include a study of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce, an evaluation of the New Leaders for New Schools national principal training program, and a study of entrepreneurship in health care delivery. Gates has led projects on a wide range of topics including whether the U.S. health insurance system is a barrier to entrepreneurship, the career paths of school principals and superintendents, the impact of DoD outsourcing efforts on the civil service workforce, civilian workforce requirements in the DoD, and intern programs as a recruiting tool for the DoD. Other recent studies examined higher education from an industry perspective, the cost of and demand for military child care programs, and approaches for ensuring the quality and productivity of DoD's education and professional development activities targeting civilians. Gates received her Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Previous Positions

Consultant, Center for International Security and Arms Control on Industrial Restructuring and the Political Economy in Russia, Stanford University

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of New Leaders for New Schools program
  • The role of entrepreneurship in addressing critical social problems
  • Workforce analysis for the defense acquisition workforce
  • Effect of reserve activations on employers
  • Innovation in health care delivery

Selected Publications

Kapur, Kanika, Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Susan M. Gates, & Brent Fulton, "Do small group health insurance regulations influence small business size?" Journal of Risk and Insurance (forthcoming)

Fairlie, Robert W., Kanika Kapur and Susan M. Gates, "Is employer-based health insurance a Barrier to Entrepreneurship?" Journal of Health Economics, 30(1):146-162, 2011

Susan M. Gates and Kristin J. Leuschner, Eds., In the Name of Entrepreneurship? : The Logic and Effects of Special Regulatory Treatment for Small Business, RAND (MG-663), 2008

Susan M. Gates, et al., The Defense Acquisition Workforce: An Analysis of Personnel Trends Relevant to Policy, 1993-2006, RAND (TR-572), 2008

Susan M. Gates et al., Civilian Workforce Planning in the Department of Defense: Different Levels, Different Roles, RAND Corporation (MG-449), 2006

Dominic J. Brewer, Susan M. Gates and Charles Goldman, In Pursuit of Prestige: Strategy and Competition in U.S. Higher Education, Transaction Press, 2006

Susan M. Gates et al., "Mobility and Turnover Among School Principals," Economics of Education Review, 25(3), 2006

Susan Gates, Organizing for Reorganizing, in Klitgaard and Light, Eds., High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives, RAND Corporation (MG-256), 2005