James Hosek is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. An expert on defense manpower, Hosek has published studies in the areas of recruiting, retention, compensation, deployment, and personnel quality. His recent research includes work on U.S. competitiveness in science and technology and the U.S. science and engineering workforce.
Hosek is editor-in-chief of the RAND Journal of Economics, a leading peer-reviewed journal on industrial organization and microeconomics, and professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, Hosek has served as director of the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the National Defense Research Institute, chair of the Economics and Statistics Department, and corporate research manager in human capital.
He was chair of the Economic Advisory Council of the California Institute, a nonprofit organization informing California's congressional delegation on policy matters. He served on the 7th, 9th, and 10th Quadrennial Reviews of Military Compensation and the Strengthening America's Future initiative of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.
Hosek received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.
- Deployment on reenlistment during the global war on terrorism
- Alternative military compensation structures and their impact on retention and cost
- Defense Handbook chapter on defense manpower
- Enlistment and retention in the selected reserves
- U.S. competitiveness in science and technology and the science and engineering workforce
James Hosek and Francisco Martorell, How Have Deployments During the War on Terrorism Affected Reenlistment? RAND Corporation (MG-873), 2009
James R. Hosek et al., Assessing Compensation Reform: Research in Support of the 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, RAND Corporation (MG-764), 2008
Titus Galama and James Hosek, U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology, RAND Corporation (MG-674), 2008
James Hosek, Beth Asch, John Warner, ""New Economics of Manpower in the Post-Cold War Era"," Handbook of Defense Economics, Vol. 2, 2007
James Hosek et al., Placing a Value on the Health Care Benefit for Active-Duty Personnel, RAND Corporation (MG-385), 2006
James R. Hosek et al., Attracting the Best: How the Military Competes for Information Technology Personnel, RAND Corporation (MG-108), 2004
James R. Hosek et al., Learning About Quality: How the Quality of Military Personnel Is Revealed Over Time, RAND Corporation (MR-1593), 2003
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: Army Times; Associated Press; Los Angeles Times; Scripps Howard News Service; USA Today
Commentary: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Policy analyses for the 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation
- Competitiveness of U.S. science and technology and the adequacy of S&T manpower supply
- Deployment and retention
- Reserve recruiting
co-authored, Assessing Compensation Reform: Research in Support of the 10th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, RAND Corporation (MG-674), 2008
co-authored, U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology, RAND Corporation (MG-674), 2008
co-authored, "New Economics of Manpower in the Post-Cold War Era,," Handbook of Defense Economics, 2, 2007