James Hosek

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Senior Economist; Editor, RAND Journal of Economics; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in English, Cornell University

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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 also editor-in-chief of the RAND Journal of Economics, a leading peer-reviewed journal on industrial organization and microeconomics. He has served as director of the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND 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.

Recent Projects

  • 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

Selected Publications

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

"New Economics of Manpower in the Post-Cold War Era," in Beth J. Asch, James R. Hosek, John T. Warner, Handbook of Defense Economics, Elsevier, 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