Susan D. Hosek

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Adjunct Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.A. and A.B.D. in economics, Northwestern University; B.A. in economics, Cornell University

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Susan D. Hosek retired as a senior economist at the RAND Corporation in 2014 and is currenty a member of the RAND adjunct staff. She is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University. Her health research has focused on issues such as veterans health care, TRICARE benefit design and beneficiary demand for health care, medical staff mix, and the organization and management of the military health care system. Hosek's other research has covered a broad range of topics including physical standards for military combat jobs, military and civilian disability, health information technology, sexual orientation and military service, gender differences in federal research grant awards, military housing, and officer promotion. She has held several management positions at RAND: codirector, Military Health Policy Research Center (2004-2011); group manager for Economics and Statistics (2002-2010); and director, Forces and Resources Policy Center (1993-2000). She served as research director of the 2007 President's Commission on Caring for America's Returning Wounded Warriors and was a member of the 2003 President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans. Hosek received her B.A. in economics from Cornell University and her M.A. and A.B.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

Recent Projects

  • Developing a Research Agenda on Electronic Health Records
  • Investigating Benefits for Same-Sex Military Partners
  • Health and Disability Benefits for Military Reserve Personnel
  • Sexual Orientation and Military Service

Selected Publications

Chaitra Hardison, Susan Hosek, Anna Saavedra, Establishing Gender-Neutral Standards for Ground Combat Occupations: A Review of the Military Services' Methods, RAND Corporation (RR-1340/2), 2016 (forthcoming)

Carrie Farmer, Susan Hosek, et al., Balancing Supply and Demand for Veterans' Health Care: A Summary of Three RAND Assessments Conducted Under the Veterans Choice Act, RAND (RR-1165/4), 2016

Bernard Rostker, Susan Hosek et al., Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy, RAND Corporation (MG-1056), 2010

President's Commission on Care for America's Returning Wounded Warriors, Serve, Support, Simplify, U.S. Government, 2007

Susan D. Hosek et al., Gender Differences in Major Federal External Grant Programs, RAND Corporation (TR-307), 2005

Susan D. Hosek and Gary Cecchine, Reorganizing the Military Health System: Should There Be a Joint Command?RAND Corporation (MR-1350-OSD), 2001

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award, RAND
  • Gold Medal Award, RAND
  • President's Award, RAND


  • Veterans waiting for their appointments at the VA Medical Center in El Paso, Texas

    Did We Improve Veterans Health Care? It's Unclear

    The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.

    May 24, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

  • A man and his physical therapist in a session

    As Congress Drafts the NDAA, What Are Options for TRICARE Reform?

    A stronger TRICARE program that provides greater value-based care in a more efficient manner could result from adopting innovations made in the private sector, while also recognizing the unique role of military treatment facilities.

    Feb 8, 2016 The RAND Blog