Julia Pollak

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office

Education

B.A., Harvard University

Overview

Julia Pollak is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in economics. Her thesis developed a model of public debt accumulation and her subsequent research appears in Restoring Public Debt Sustainability: The Role of Independent Fiscal Institutions (Oxford University Press). Pollak is a drilling reservist in the U.S. Navy. She has also worked as a research assistant for Defense Studies at the Heritage Foundation, where she focused on defense strategy and budgets. Her interests include the economics of terrorism and armed conflict, military intelligence, and defense technology.

Commentary

  • South African men create a sandbag building for EcoSteps

    Could Alternatives Ease the Misery of South Africa's Housing Crisis?

    The government's plan to replace cardboard shacks with cement houses may not be the only route to easing South Africa's housing woes. Increasingly, academic researchers, non-governmental organizations, and private companies are demonstrating pragmatic, low-cost, alternatives.

    Jul 10, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • Photo of South African shanty town

    In South Africa, Hard Choices on Housing

    While much has changed in South Africa since the end of apartheid 20 years ago, many challenges remain, including the developing nation's dire need for housing.

    May 7, 2014 | The RAND Blog

Publications

  • two men working in a bright office

    Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

    The perceived shortage of cybersecurity professionals working on national security may endanger the nation's networks and be a disadvantage in cyberspace conflict. RAND examined the cybersecurity labor market, especially in regard to national defense.

    Jun 17, 2014