Melody Harvey

Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P. in economics, Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy; B.A. in economics, Reed College


Melody Harvey is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Her research focuses on effects of social and financial policies on economically vulnerable populations in the United States.

Harvey is currently co-investigating the impact of lottery-linked incentives for debt repayment, and developing empirical models to analyze the impact of a housing program on service utilization and county departments' net cost expenditures. Her dissertation examines the effects of high school financial education mandates on financial behaviors among economically vulnerable populations.

Harvey has significant experience in quantitative analyses, survey methodology, data management, document analyses, and in public policy reviews, formulation, consulting, and analyses. Oftentimes her work has been tailored to policymakers, clients, and research participants as well as academia.

Prior to attending Pardee RAND, Harvey worked as a research consultant, a research assistant, and a survey researcher for several nonprofits serving low-income households and individuals. Examples of previous work include drafting policy recommendations for preventing employment discrimination against applicants with criminal records; creating and conducting a local nonprofit's first neighborhood fresh produce distribution assessment; and assessing the feasibility of a proposed asset-development program given housing, financial, and socioeconomic characteristics of low-income, asset-poor renters.