Susan D. Hosek

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Senior 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 is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University. Her military health research has focused on issues such as 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 projects have addressed 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

Susan D. Hosek, Healthcare Coverage and Disability Evaluation for Reserve Component Personnel: Research for the 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation, RAND (MG-1157), 2012

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

Susan D. Hosek, Leveraging Other Federal Health Systems in Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge, Brookings Institution, 2007

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, Initiatives to Control Military Health Costs: Congressional Testimony, RAND Corporation (CT-242), 2005

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

Honors & Awards

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