Steven W. Popper

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Senior Economist; Professor of Science and Technology Policy, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in biochemistry, University of Minnesota

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Overview

Steven Popper is a RAND senior economist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. As associate director of the RAND Science and Technology Policy Institute (1996–2001), Popper provided research and analytic support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other agencies of the Executive Branch. His current work is on socio-economic long-term strategy, energy, decisionmaking under uncertainty, and technology policy. He coauthored the flagship study of the RAND Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition, Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative, Long-Term Policy Analysis (2003), which provides a new methodological framework for decisionmaking under profound uncertainty that been applied to an expanding set of policy issues. His research also focuses on regional economic development and international economics. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank and OECD. He is chair-elect of the Industrial Science and Technology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as external advisor to the Ohio State Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy and the Israel Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Institute. Popper received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Chief Operating Officer, Evolving Logic, Inc.

Recent Projects

  • Strategy under uncertainty
  • Computer-assisted reasoning
  • Energy strategy
  • Science and technology-based regional development
  • Innovation adaptation

Selected Publications

Steven C. Isley, Robert J. Lempert, Steven W. Popper, Raffaele Vardavas, An Evolutionary Model of Industry Transformation and the Political Sustainability of Emission Control Policies, RAND (TR-1308), 2013

Steven W. Popper, Nidhi Kalra, Richard Silberglitt, Edmundo Molina-Perez, Youngbok Ryu, Michael Scarpati, Expediting Future Technologies for Enhancing Transportation System Performance, Transportation Research Board (NCHRP Report 750, Volume 3), 2013

Keith Crane, Howard J. Shatz, Shanthi Nataraj, Steven W. Popper, Xiao Wang, An Outline of Strategies for Building an Innovation System for Knowledge City, RAND (MG-1240), 2012

Steven W. Popper, Claude Berrebi, James Griffin, Thomas Light, Endy Y. Min, Keith Crane, Natural Gas and Israel's Energy Future: Near-Term Decisions from a Strategic Perspective, RAND (MG-927), 2009

Steven W. Popper, Robert J. Lempert, David G. Groves, and Steven C. Bankes, "A General, Analytic Method for Generating Robust Strategies and Narrative Scenarios," Management Science, 2006

Steven Popper and Robert Lempert "High Performance Government for an Uncertain World," in Robert Klitgaard and Paul C. Light, eds., High-Performance Government: Structure, Leadership, Incentives, RAND Corporation (MG-256), 2005

Steven W. Popper et al., "Shaping the Future," Scientific American, 292(4), 2005

Robert J. Lempert et al., Shaping the Next One Hundred Years: New Methods for Quantitative Long-Term Policy Analysis, RAND Corporation (MR-1626), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Languages

Hungarian|Russian|German

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