Tim McDonald

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

M.P.P. in business and government, Harvard Kennedy School; B.A. in political science, Hamline University

Overview

Tim McDonald is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design and previously worked as a research associate at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

His research focuses on public policy design methods for large systems, and their application to socially important systems such as health, education, and the economy. His current research includes assessing and developing incentive-based policy solutions for the U.S. health care system.

McDonald is the author of Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable, which proposes strategies to align incentives with objectives in the U.S. primary education system. The book has been used by state legislatures and school districts to guide policymaking.

McDonald has an M.P.P. in business and government from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in political science from Hamline University.

Selected Publications

Tim McDonald, Policy Design and Redesign of American Healthcare, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, 2014

Tim McDonald, Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable, Rowman & Littlefield, 2011