Ashley N. Muchow

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


B.B.A. in economics, Loyola University Chicago; B.B.A. in finance, Loyola University Chicago


Ashley Muchow is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her work centers on public policy that affects low-income and vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on immigration, welfare policy, and social and economic inequality. Her research looks at state and local immigration policy and the local enforcement of federal immigration law, examining how changes in legislation and enforcement impact domestic minorities, undocumented immigrants, and their families.

Muchow graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a dual degree in economics and finance. Prior to joining RAND, she worked as a senior research analyst at The Lewin Group, using econometric, mix-method, and qualitative research methods to analyze the health care labor market and as a policy analyst at the Illinois Policy Institute, focusing on public finance and education reform in the City of Chicago and Illinois.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program
  • A Study to Measure the Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in Pennsylvania's Public Schools
  • Development and Dissemination of Shadow Prices for Use in Cost-Benefit Studies of Social Programs
  • Early Childhood Investments and Long-Term Health

Selected Publications

Martsolf, G.R., Auerbach, D.A., Spetz, J., Pearson, M.L., and Muchow, A.N., "DNP by 2015: an examination of nursing schools' decisions to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree," Nursing Outlook, 63(2):219-226, 2015

Roderick S. Hooker and Ashley Muchow, "Modifying state laws for nurse practitioners and physician assistants can reduce cost of medical services," Nursing Economic$, 33(2):88-94, 2015

Roderick S. Hooker and Ashley Muchow, "Supply of physician assistants: 2013-2026," Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 27(3):39-45, 2014

Roderick S. Hooker and Ashley Muchow, "The 2013 census of licensed physician assistants," Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:, 27(7):35-39, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Dissertation Award, Jim Lovelace Foundation