Marlon Graf

Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles; B.Sc. in business administration, University of Mannheim


Marlon Graf received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and is an assistant policy analyst at RAND. He also holds a Master's in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his business undergraduate studies in Germany and France. Aside from his education, Graf has worked at the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic and Business Policy, as well as in John Deere's marketing and sales branch in France. Previously, Graf lobbied on behalf of the German engineering industry in Brussels and served as a trainee in the staff of the Majority Leader in the European Parliament, advising mainly on transatlantic relations and the Euro-Crisis.

At RAND, Graf has worked on a number of projects for the European Commission, such as Global Trends 2030 (ESPAS) as well as an evaluation platform for evidence-based family practices (EPIC) and has conducted a systematic review of gender integration policies in international militaries for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Currently, he is involved in the development of an alcohol abuse microsimulation platform as part of a joint team between RAND, the OECD and the WHO and is working on his dissertation on the entrepreneurial impact of universities.

Selected Publications

Graf, Marlon, Jakub Hlavka and Bonnie Triezenberg, A Change is in the Air: Emerging Challenges for the Cloud Computing Industry., RAND Corporation (WR-1144), 2016

Wolf, Charles, Eric V. Larson and Marlon Graf., Convergent and Divergent U.S.-China Interests: Designing, RAND Corporation (WR-1139), 2016

Watkins, Katherine E., Beau Kilmer, Karen Chan Osilla and Marlon Graf, Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol: Could California Do More to Prevent It?RAND Corporation (PE-162), 2015

Graf, Marlon; Ghez, Jeremy; Khodyakov, Dmitry; Yaqub, Ohid, Individual Empowerment: global societal trends to 2030: Thematic report 3, RAND Europe (RR-920z3), 2015

Hoorens, Stijn.; Ghez, Jeremy.; Guerin, Benoit.; Schweppenstedde, Daniel.; Hellgren, Tess.; Horvath, Veronika.; Graf, Marlon.; Janta, Barbara.; Drabble, Samuel.; Kobzar, Svitlana., Europe's societal challenges: an analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU, RAND Europe (RR-479-EC), 2013


  • Cloud computing and lightning

    Strong Winds Ahead for Cloud Computing: Can Data Localization Threaten Future Growth?

    A growing number of constraints have been imposed around the world on information in the cloud, fueling concerns that the Internet, the economic engine of the information age, may become hopelessly fragmented.

    Apr 29, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • College students taking notes in a classroom

    Cost of College in the United States

    For middle- to lower-income families in the U.S., in particular, the costs associated with attending a four-year university are becoming nearly impossible to bear. More and more students are ending up with significant debt after graduating from college, putting financial pressure on them at the outset of their professional careers.

    Jan 16, 2015 EduTech Magazine

  • Members of the the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance hold posters during a voting session on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, July 4, 2012

    ACTA Revisited? TTIP and Data Privacy

    The EU has embarked on negotiations with the U.S. on the TTIP, which shares some of ACTA's goals. This time, though, the European Commission is seeking to make the talks more transparent by publishing a series of position papers on key issues very early on in the process. This is a step in the right direction toward an agreement that will have economic benefits for a net-exporting region of intellectual property such as the EU.

    Nov 26, 2014 Atlantic Community

  • Protests in Malaga, Spain against the government's spending cuts and failure to revive the moribund economy

    The European Democracy Paradox

    While social media and other tools have enhanced opportunities to participate in the political process, these new drivers do not seem to translate easily into offline political participation.

    May 21, 2014 The RAND Blog