Ashley Muchow is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a dual degree in economics and finance. Her honors project evaluated the labor theory and econometric methodology of two focal studies assessing the native wage impact of U.S. immigration. As a senior research analyst at The Lewin Group, she applied statistical, econometric, and qualitative methods to analyze the health care labor market, evaluate public health response systems, and measure Medicaid payment accuracy. Prior to this, Muchow worked as a policy analyst with the Illinois Policy Institute, focusing on public finance and education reform in the City of Chicago and Illinois. Her policy interests include international economic and political development, governance and institution building, international migration, health and welfare disparities, and public economics.