Amy Burnett Cross

Summer Associate


Certificate in gender analysis in economics, American University; MA in economics, American University; BA in economics, University of Colorado


Amy Burnett Cross is a RAND summer associate, and a Ph.D. candidate at American University. Her dissertation has the potential to advance knowledge about how military policy affects labor market outcomes for women. Her central hypothesis is that U.S. military policies regarding women and families influence gender gaps in civilian work. First, she will evaluate the impact of lifting the ban on women in combat (in 2013) on veteran occupational desegregation. Second, she will measure the extent to which gender desegregation of the Army (in 1977) signaled a shift in the appropriate role of women in the civilian labor force. Cross' research aims to provide evidence that policy can change social norms.