Beth J. Asch

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Senior Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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Beth Asch is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of study include labor economics and defense manpower. She has led numerous studies on compensation design in the military and in the federal civil service, and on military recruiting and personnel supply to the armed forces. Her most recent work includes military retirement reform, enlistment supply and recruiting resource effectiveness, and retention and compensation in the federal civil service. Asch's research has been widely disseminated as reports, briefings, and journal articles among the policy community, the media, and the academic community. Asch received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Recent Projects

  • Military retirement reform
  • Recruiting resource effectiveness
  • Federal civilian workforce retention and compensation
  • Pilot retention and bonuses
  • Military pay table reform

Selected Publications

Beth Asch, James Miller, John Warner, "Economics and the All-Volunteer Force," in Better Living Through Economics, John Sigfried (Editor), Boston MA: Harvard University Press, 2009

Beth Asch, James Hosek, John Warner, "New Economics of Defense Manpower in the Post-Cold War Era," in The Handbook of Defense Economics. Volume 2. Chapter 32, Edited by Todd Sandler and Keith Hartley. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2007

Beth Asch, Steven Haider, and Julie Zissimopoulos, "Financial Incentives and Retirement: Evidence from Federal Civil Service Workers," Journal of Public Economics, 2005

Beth Asch, Michael Mattock, James Hosek, Reforming Military Retirement: Analysis in Support of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, RAND Corporation (RR-1022-MCRMC), 2016

Michael Mattock, James Hosek, Beth Asch, Rita Karam, Retaining U.S. Air Force Pilots When the Civilian Demand for Pilots is Growing, RAND Corporation (RR-1455-AF), 2016

Beth J. Asch, James Hosek, Jennifer Kavanagh, Michael Mattock, Retention, Incentives, and DoD Experience Under the 40-Year Military Pay Table, RAND Corporation (RR-1209-OSD), 2016

Beth Asch, James Hosek, Michael Mattock, David Knapp, Jennifer Kavanagh, Workforce Downsizing and Restructuring in the Department of Defense: The Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Versus Involuntary Separation, RAND Corporation (RR-1540-OSD), 2016

Beth J. Asch et al., Cash Incentives and Military Enlistment, Attrition, and Reenlistment, RAND Corporation (MG-324-OSD), 2010

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Anderson Independent Mail; AP; Bloomberg News; CQ Weekly; The Economist; Federal News Network; Los Angeles Times; Minnesota Public Radio; The Nation; New York Times; NPR; Stars and Stripes; USA Today; Washington Post

Commentary: Boston Globe


  • Should Uncle Sam Want You?

    Despite some calls to reinstitute the draft, Beth Asch writes in an commentary that the all-volunteer military is working just fine.

    Feb 9, 2003 Boston Globe