Beth J. Asch

Beth J. Asch
Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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, on the workforce implications of state and local pension reform, and on military recruiting and personnel supply to the armed forces. Her most recent work includes analysis and redesign of the military pay table, military retirement reform, state and local pension 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

Asch, Beth J., Military Compensation to Support Retention, Performance, and Talent Management, RAND Corporation (CT-505), 2019

Asch, Beth J., Navigating Current and Emerging Army Recruiting Challenges: What Can Research Tell Us?RAND Corporation (RR-3107), 2019

Asch, Beth J., Michael G. Mattock, and James Hosek, The Blended Retirement System: Retention Effects and Continuation Pay Cost Estimates for the Armed Services, RAND Corporation (RR-1887), 2017

Asch, Beth J., Paul Heaton, James Hosek, Paco Martorell, Curtis Simon, and John T. Warner, Cash Incentives and Military Enlistment, Attrition, and Reenlistment, RAND Corporation (MG-950-OSD), 2010

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

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; WOSU Public Media Radio Online

Commentary: Boston Globe