R. J. Briggs

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Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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B.A.S. in economics, UC Davis; B.A.S. in mathematics, UC Davis; Ph.D. in economics, University of Texas


R. J. Briggs is an economist at the RAND Corporation. ​His research focuses on cost estimation for disaster recovery, catastrophic risk and public policy, and predictive modeling for long-range strategic planning. Briggs has worked on a diverse array of RAND projects, from modeling the returns of education to measuring the efficacy of U.S. Naval communications networks. Most recently, he contributed to economic modeling for FEMA cost estimation efforts related to recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and USVI, developed a model for efficient ventilator allocation in response to COVID-19, and analyzed issues related to the introduction of water markets in New Zealand.  

Previous Positions

Senior Economist, Praedicat Inc.; Assistant Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

Recent Projects

  • COVID-19 Recovery Costs Application Review
  • SAFETY Act Evaluation
  • Implementation Guidance for the RAND Project AIR FORCE Electric Power Resilience Valuation Framework

Selected Publications

Tingstad, Abbie; Wilson, Michael T.; Anania, Katherine; Fischbach, Jordan R.; Resetar, Susan A.; Savitz, Scott; Van Abel, Kristin; Briggs, R. J.; Davenport, Aaron C.; Pézard, Stéphanie; Sereyko, Kristin; Theel, Jonathan; Thibault, Marc,; Ulin, Edward, Developing new future scenarios for the U.S. Coast Guard's Evergreen strategic foresight program, RAND Corporation (RR-3147-DHS), 2020

Raffensperger, John F.; Brauner, Marygail K.; Briggs, R. J., Planning hospital needs for ventilators and respiratory therapists in the COVID-19 crisis, (PE-A228-1), 2020

Preston, Benjamin Lee; LaTourrette, Tom; Broyles, James R.; Briggs, R. J.; Catt, David; Nelson, Christopher D.; Ringel, Jeanne S.; Waxman, Daniel A., Updating the costs of compliance for California's hospital seismic safety standards, (RR-3059-CHA), 2019

Honors & Awards

  • Key Contributor Coin, RAND