Ervant Maksabedian is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an associate policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. He has a B.A. in economics from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City, with an emphasis in quantitative analysis and economic theory. Maksabedian worked as an economist and policy analyst for Microsoft Mexico, where he focused on the role of information technologies and their impact on the Mexican economy. Prior to PRGS, Maksabedian was a special advisor to the Minister of Finance of the State of Mexico, analyzing income transfer and social development policies and conducting cost-benefit analyses for law enforcement agencies and infrastructure projects. His interests include economic analysis methodology, infrastructure, science and technology legislation, military personnel, crime prevention and deterrence, drug treatment, as well as the integration of new technologies in these areas.