Susan M. Gates

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Director, Office of Research Quality Assurance; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

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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Overview

Susan M. Gates is a senior economist and director of the Office of Research Quality Assurance at the RAND Corporation. She is also a professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research applies insights from the economics of organizations, industrial organization, and labor economics to several policy areas including entrepreneurship and innovation, school leadership, and workforce management. Gates is an experienced project leader and manager. Current and recent projects include evaluations of the New Leaders program for school principals and the Wallace Foundation's initiative to improve the principal pipeline in six major districts, as well as workforce analyses for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce. Her published research appears in numerous RAND reports as well as in external publications such as the Economics of Education Review, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Public Administration Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, ERS Spectrum, and Armed Forces and Society. Gates teaches courses on entrepreneurship public policy and on incentives in organizations at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She received her M.A. in Russian and Eastern European studies from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

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

Nataraj, Shanthi, Christopher Guo, Philip Hall-Partyka, Susan M. Gates and Douglas Yeung, Options for Department of Defense Total Workforce Supply and Demand Analysis: Potential Approaches and Available Data Sources, RAND Corporation (RR-543), 2014 (forthcoming)

Gates, Susan M., Laura S. Hamilton, Paco Martorell, Susan Burkhauser, Paul Heaton, Ashley Pierson, Matthew Baird, Mirka Vuollo, Jennifer J. Li, Diana Lavery, Melody Harvey and Kun Gu, Preparing Principals to Raise Student Achievement: Implementation and Effects of the New Leaders Program in Ten Districts, RAND (RR-507), 2014

Garber, Steven, Susan M. Gates, Emmett B. Keeler, Mary E. Vaiana, Andrew Mulcahy, Christopher Lau, Arthur L. Kellermann, Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care: Options to Decrease Spending and Increase Value., RAND Corporation (RR-308), 2014

Gates, Susan M., Beth Roth, Sinduja Srinivasan and Lindsay Daugherty, Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Update to Methods and Results through FY 2011, RAND Corporation (RR-110), 2013

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

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

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