Katie Wilson

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


M.A. in economics, UCLA; B.A. in economics, Davidson College


Katie Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has an M.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in economics and international studies from Davidson College in North Carolina. Since graduating, Wilson has worked on randomized control trials in Madagascar, India, and Kenya, with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Innovations for Poverty Action. She has also worked as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board and as a senior analyst at Econ One Research. Her interests include financial instruments, education, and labor and population in the developing world. Her dissertation research will focus on constraits to growth for women entrepreneurs in India.

Selected Publications

Rajeev Darolia, Cory Koedel, Paco Martorell, Katie Wilson, Francisco Perez-Arce, Do Employers Prefer Workers Who Attend For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from a Field Experiment, RAND Corporation (WR-1054), 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Jim Lovelace Foundation Dissertation Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Phi Beta Kappa