Susan M. Gates is a senior economist, director of the Office of Research Quality Assurance at the RAND Corporation and a professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research applies insights from the economics of organizations, industrial organization, and labor economics to several policy areas including entrepreneurship and innovation, school leadership, and workforce management.
Gates is an experienced project leader and manager. She is currently involved in evaluations of the New Leaders program for school principals, an initiative to improve the principal pipeline in six major districts and an effort to improve university-based principal preparation. Susan also conducts analyses on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition workforce. Prior research addressed entrepreneurship, health care innovation, the military child care system and defense workforce and management issues. Her published research appears in numerous RAND reports as well as in external publications such as the Economics of Education Review, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Public Administration Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, ERS Spectrum, and Armed Forces and Society.
Gates received her M.A. in Russian and Eastern European studies from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Herman, Rebecca Epstein, Susan M. Gates, Aziza Arifkhanova, Andriy Bega, Emilio Chavez-Herrerias, Eugeniu Han, Mark Harris, Jennifer Tamargo and Stephani Wrabel, School Leadership Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review - Updated and Expanded, RAND (RR-1550-2), 2016
Nataraj, Shanthi, Christopher Guo, Philip Hall-Partyka, Susan M. Gates and Douglas Yeung, Options for Department of Defense Total Workforce Supply and Demand Analysis: Potential Approaches and Available Data Sources, RAND Corporation (RR-543), 2014
Gates, Susan M., Laura S. Hamilton, Paco Martorell, Susan Burkhauser, Paul Heaton, Ashley Pierson, Matthew Baird, Mirka Vuollo, Jennifer J. Li, Diana Lavery, Melody Harvey and Kun Gu, Preparing Principals to Raise Student Achievement: Implementation and Effects of the New Leaders Program in Ten Districts, RAND (RR-507), 2014
Gates, Susan M., Beth Roth, Sinduja Srinivasan and Lindsay Daugherty, Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Update to Methods and Results through FY 2011, RAND Corporation (RR-110), 2013
Fairlie, Robert W., Kanika Kapur and Susan M. Gates, "Is employer-based health insurance a Barrier to Entrepreneurship?" Journal of Health Economics, 30(1):146-162, 2011
Susan M. Gates and Kristin J. Leuschner, Eds., In the Name of Entrepreneurship? : The Logic and Effects of Special Regulatory Treatment for Small Business, RAND (MG-663), 2008
Dominic J. Brewer, Susan M. Gates and Charles Goldman, In Pursuit of Prestige: Strategy and Competition in U.S. Higher Education, Transaction Press, 2006
Susan M. Gates et al., "Mobility and Turnover Among School Principals," Economics of Education Review, 25(3), 2006