Samuel Absher

Samuel Absher

Associate Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Sam R. Absher is an associate economist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He uses applied economics to study a wide range of questions: What effect did the Rose Revolution have on the economics and politics of Georgia? What role did cell phones really play in Libya’s 2011 “Twitter Revolution”? Is the U.S. Army's Basic Allowance for Housing still adequate given recent changes in housing markets? His current work focuses on the U.S. military's basic pay tables and their relationship to domestic labor markets. He’s also a faculty member at Pardee RAND Graduate School where he teaches cost benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis and microeconomics. Before joining RAND, Absher was a postdoctoral researcher at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He has a Ph.D. and B.A. in economics from the University of Oklahoma.


B.A. in economics, University of Oklahoma; Ph.D. in economics, University of Oklahoma

Selected Work

  • Absher, Sam R., Kevin Grier, Robin Grier, "The economic consequences of durable left-populism in Latin America," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 177(1), 2020
  • Absher, Sam R., Kevin Grier, and Bob Lawson, "You say you want a (Rose) Revolution? The effects of Georgia's 2004 market reforms.," Economics of Transition & Institutional Change, 27(1), 2018
  • Sam R. Absher, Kevin Grier, Robin Grier, "The consequences of CIA-sponsored regime change in Latin America," European Journal of Political Economy, 2023

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