Daniel Egel

Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in biology, University of Chicago

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Daniel Egel is an economist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study policymaking in fragile and instability-prone countries, with a focus on development- and stability-focused programming. His work at RAND focuses on policymaking at the nexus of development and stability, and includes analyses of U.S. counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts, particularly those implemented by U.S. Special Operations Forces; economic analyses of Brexit, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, post-conflict reconstruction in Syria, and the value of U.S. international security commitments; and support to the peace process in Yemen. Egel served as an embedded analyst with the NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan (NSOCC-A), a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, a consultant for the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and a in-house consultant with the Yemeni Social Fund for Development. Egel earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previous Positions

Research Team Lead, United Nations Development Programme, Sub-regional Response Facility for the Syrian Crisis (Jordan); Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation; Consultant, Yemen Social Fund for Development, Sana'a, Yemen; Consultant, Middle East Youth Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Senior Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution

Recent Projects

  • Stabilization and Civilian Security in Yemen
  • Research Support to Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan
  • Improving U.S. Special Operations to Defeat Nonconventional Threats
  • The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Special Operations

Selected Publications

Bryan Graham, Cristine Pinto, and Daniel Egel, "Inverse probability tilting for moment condition models with missing data," Review of Economic Studies, 79(3), 2012

Daniel Egel, "Tribal Heterogeneity and the Allocation of Publicly Provided Goods: Evidence from Yemen," Journal of Development Economics, 101, 2013

Daniel Egel and Djavad Salehi-Isfahani, "Youth Transitions to Employment and Marriage in Iran: Evidence from the School to Work Transition Survey," Middle East Development Journal, 2(1), 2010

Bryan Graham, Cristine Pinto, and Daniel Egel, "Efficient Estimation of Data Combination Models by the Method of Auxiliary- to-Study Tilting (AST)," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 34(2), 2016

Daniel Egel, Adam R. Grissom, John P. Godges, Jennifer Kavanagh, Howard J. Shatz, Estimating the Value of Overseas Security Commitments, RAND Corporation (RR-518-AF), 2016

Daniel Egel, Charles Ries, Ben Connable, Todd Helmus, Eric Robinson, Isaac Baruffi, Melissa Bradley, Kurt Card, Kathleen Loa, Sean Mann, Stephan Seabrook, Fernando Sedano, and Robert Stewart, Investing in the Fight: Assessing the Use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan, RAND Corporation (RR-1508), 2016

C. Ross Anthony, Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, Craig Bond, Andrew Liepman, Jeffrey Martini, Steven Simon, Shira Efron, Bradley D. Stein, Lynsay Ayer, Mary E. Vaiana, The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, RAND Corporation (RR-740-DCR), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Mentorship Award, RAND Corporation