Louay Constant

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Senior Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public policy and administration, University of Kentucky; M.S. in agricultural economics, University of Kentucky; B.A. in economics, University of Notre Dame


Louay Constant is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. While at RAND, he has worked on a number of projects that have examined a range of social policy issues including K-12 education reform, postsecondary education and training, and labor markets. Constant’s main research focus area has been on young people’s school-to-work transition, the experiences of soon-to-be graduates or recent graduates in seeking education and employment, and the challenges young people, including marginalized groups, face in making that transition. Constant is interested in research on mechanisms to address human capital deficits and improve the alignment between labor market supply and demand. Constant has conducted policy research globally and has led or participated in research projects in the United States, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and Mongolia developing strategies to increase access and improve quality of general and vocational education, examining factors affecting the alignment of labor market supply and demand, and assessing the experiences of youth in education and employment.

Recent Projects

  • Examining the Mongolian Labor Market and Identifying Constraints to its Performance
  • Indicators of Economic Opportunities for the Youth: A Collaboration between Silatech and RAND
  • Improving Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Kurdistan Region – Iraq
  • Improving the Private Sector Labor Market in the Kurdistan Region – Iraq
  • Improving Access and Quality in Education in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq

Selected Publications

Constant, Louay, Charles A. Goldman, Gail Zellman, Catherine H. Augustine, Titus Galama, Gabriella C. Gonzalez, Cassandra M. Guarino, Rita Karam, Gery Wayne Ryan, and Hanine Salem, "Promoting Quality and Variety Through the Public Financing of Privately Operated Schools in Qatar," Journal of School Choice, 4(4), 2010

Howard J. Shatz, Louay Constant, Francisco Perez-Arce, Eric Robinson, Robin Beckman, Haijing Huang, Peter Glick, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Improving the Mongolian Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth, RAND (RR-1092-ILS), 2015

Louay Constant, Shelly Culbertson, Cathleen Stasz, Georges Vernez, Improving Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq., RAND Corporation (RR-277-KRG), 2014

Hansen, Michael L., Howard J. Shatz, Louay Constant, Alexandria Smith, Krishna B. Kumar, Heather Krull, Artur Usanov, Strategies for Private-Sector Development and Civil Service Reform in the Kurdistan Region – Iraq, RAND Corporation (MG-1117-1-KRG), 2014

Ryan Andrew Brown, Louay Constant, Peter Glick, Audra K. Grant, Youth in Jordan: Transitions from Education to Employment, RAND (RR-556-CMEPP), 2014

Louay Constant, Vazha Nadareishvili with Hanine Salem, A Survey of Qatari Secondary School Seniors: Methods and Results, RAND (TR-577-QATAR), 2008

Gabriella Gonzalez, Lynn Karoly, Louay Constant, Hanine Salem, and Charles Goldman, Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century, RAND (MG-786), 2008

Dominic J. Brewer, Catherine H. Augustine, Gail L. Zellman, Gery Ryan, Charles A. Goldman, Cathleen Stasz, Louay Constant, Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND (MG-548-QATAR), 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Merit Bonus Award (shared), RAND




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