Lisa Abraham

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Associate Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University; MSc in economics & management, London School of Economics & Political Science; B.A. in mathematics & economics (double-major), Wellesley College


Lisa Abraham (she/her) is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research examines the causes and consequences of labor market inefficiencies, with a particular focus on minorities and underrepresented groups. Abraham has examined barriers to the recruitment, retention, and earnings equality of women in high-skill jobs, and has experience partnering with technology companies to acquire novel datasets and operate large-scale field experiments.

Abraham completed her Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in May 2020. Prior to her Ph.D., Abraham obtained an MSc in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Wellesley College. She was previously the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department and an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan.


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