Drew M. Anderson

Associate Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, Augustana University

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Drew M. Anderson is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation, whose research focuses on the economics of education and household financial decision making. At the intersection of these two topics are students' decisions about how to pay for college, by borrowing and by using government, school, and family aid. Anderson is currently pursuing projects evaluating large, need-based financial aid programs in the Midwest that have not been previously studied. These and other similar programs have the potential to reduce inequality in educational outcomes., and objective research can help them operate more efficiently. Anderson's research methods are primarily designing randomized experiments an quasi-experiments to uncover causal effects, and linking together administrative data to support causal analysis as well as descriptive reporting. Before joining RAND, Anderson worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anderson has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Selected Publications

Drew M. Anderson, "What Constitutes Prudent Spending from Private College Endowment Funds? Evidence from Underwater Funds," Education Finance and Policy, 0, 0 (forthcoming)

Drew M. Anderson and J. Michael Collins, "The Impact of Electronic Payments for Vulnerable Consumers: Evidence from Social Security," Journal of Consumer Affairs, 0, 0 (forthcoming)