Olena Bogdan

olena bogdan
Assistant Policy Researcher; Postdoctoral Fellow, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in economics, University of Houston; B.A. in international relations, National Aviation University

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Olena Bogdan is a postdoctoral fellow at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include regional socio-economic development, investment, health economics, international economics, and cross-disciplinary policy issues. Her dissertation investigated persisting regional economic differences within the United States, China, Italy, and Ukraine, and found a systematic, bidirectional, positive nexus between Ukraine's regional economic growth and international capital flows. Currently, she studies socioeconomic policy interventions in California.

Prior to joining RAND, Bogdan worked at the Kyiv School of Economics as a research assistant where she conducted statistical analyses related to Ukraine's agricultural sector and land reform. She holds a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an M.A. in economics from the University of Houston. In addition to English, she speaks fluent Ukrainian and Russian, and intermediate French.

Recent Projects

  • Estimating the effects of changes in tourism demand on California's economy
  • Evaluating a behavioral health care center for veterans and their families
  • Studying the potential of transport and economic corridors to promote sustainable development under the Belt and Road Initiative

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 Spotlight Award, RAND Corporation