Radha Iyengar is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. Previously, she served as member of the Department of Energy Chief of Staff team and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary at the Department of Energy. At the Department of Energy she worked on key issues related to the budget for both energy and nuclear security issues, emergency preparedness, clean energy financing, and strategic management of the Department.
Prior to DOE, Iyengar worked at the White House as the Director for Defense Personnel, Readiness, and Partnerships on the National Security Council. During her tenure at the White House, her portfolio included sexual assault in the military, mental health for service members, mental health programs for military service members and veterans, base security at military installations, accessions policy, security sector assistance reform and defense strategy and budget initiatives, including contributing to the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. She was instrumental in key executive actions on sexual assault and suicide prevention. Before moving to the White House in 2013, Iyengar was Chief of Staff of the Office of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict in the Department of Defense and advisor to the Assistant Secretary on security policy issues related to counterterrorism and peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to her government service, Iyengar served as an Economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research has covered empirical evaluations of policies aimed at reducing violence including criminal violence, sexual assault, terrorist behavior, and sexual and intimate partner violence. At the outset of her career, she was an assistant professor at the London School of Economics and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard. Raised in New York, she received her undergraduate degree in Economics at MIT and her Masters and Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University.
Iyengar, Radha. Bahney, Benjamin W., Johnston, Patrick B., Jung, Danielle F., Shapiro, Jacob N., Shatz, Howard J,, "Insurgent Compensation: Evidence from Iraq," American Economic Review, :518-522, 2013
Iyengar, Radha, "Who's the Fairest in the Land? Comparing Judge and Jury Decisions in Capital Cases," Journal of Law and Economics, 2011
Iyengar, Di Tella, Edwards, and Schargrodsky (Eds.), "Does Arrest Deter Violence? Comparing Experimental and Nonexperimental Evidence on Arrest Laws," The Economics of Crime, :421-453, 2010
Iyengar, Radha, "Does the Certainty of Arrest Reduce Domestic Violence? Evidence from Mandatory and Recommended Arrest Laws," Journal of Public Economics, :85-93, 2009
Iyengar, Radha with Ashenfelter, Orley (Eds.), "Economics of Commercial Dispute Arbitration," Economic Approaches to Law, 2009
Iyengar, R., Sabik L., "Measuring Intimate Partner Violence Service Useage Across America Using the National Census on Domestic Violence Services," Health Affairs, :1052-1065, 2009