C. Richard Neu

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Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in economics, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University; M.A. in economics, Harvard University


Richard Neu is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He served for three years as the founding director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, in Doha, Qatar. Immediately prior to his posting to Doha, Neu was Assistant to the President of RAND for Research on Counterterrorism, with responsibility for planning and coordinating RAND's contributions to the struggle against international terrorism. He was also a codirector of RAND Enterprise Analysis, the unit of RAND that pursued analyses for private-sector clients. Neu contributes to the activities of the RAND Business Leaders Forum, a regular gathering of Russian, European, and American business leaders. He is also active in the research activities of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy.

Neu has served as an associate director of Project AIR FORCE and an associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Earlier, he was the director of the RAND-Harvard-UCLA Center for Health Care Financing Policy Research. From 1993 through 1995, he served on the National Intelligence Council as the National Intelligence Officer for Economics, the principal advisor on economic matters to the Director of Central Intelligence. He has also served in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office and as a senior international economist at the First National Bank of Chicago. He has taught courses on macroeconomics, international economics, and finance at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Neu received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Governmental reform in Qatar
  • Labor market reform in Qatar
  • Linkages among international financial markets
  • Rural business hubs in India
  • Economic conditions in the Middle East

Selected Publications

C.R. Neu et al., Sending Your Government a Message: E-mail Communication Between Citizens and Government, RAND Corporation (MR-1095-MF), 1999

C. Richard Neu, Charles Wolf, Jr., The Economic Dimensions of National Security, RAND Corporation (MR-466-OSD), 1994

C. Richard Neu, A New Bretton Woods: Rethinking International Economic Institutions and Arrangements, RAND Corporation (MR-116-RC), 1993


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    U.S. 'Soft Power' Abroad Is Losing Its Punch

    America's fiscal predicament and the seeming inability of its political system to resolve these matters may be taking a toll on the instruments of U.S.

    Feb 8, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report