Abdul Ahad Tariq

Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in chemistry (chemical physics), Caltech


Abdul Ahad Tariq is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and recently completed his Ph.D. at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Previously he was a research assistant in public and labor economics at the Harvard Kennedy School.

He received his B.S. in chemistry (emphasis in chemical physics) from the California Institute of Technology. His undergraduate research was in experimental and theoretical physical chemistry, with projects on engineering peptides for cancer detection, applying scattering theory and computer simulations to study chemical reaction dynamics, and using graph theory to develop quantitative measures of protein evolution.

At Harvard, he was involved in a project to investigate behavioral decisionmaking and the role of cognitive limitations on the design of social insurance programs. He also conducted research related to the economics of U.S healthcare and medical industry. Tariq has native fluency in Urdu and Punjabi and is proficient in the computer packages Stata and R. At PRGS, he plans to focus on policy issues in energy and environment, national security, science and technology policy, and healthcare.

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