Susan M. Gates is a senior economist, director of the Office of Research Quality Assurance at the RAND Corporation and a professor 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. Current and recent projects include a national survey of school districts about their efforts to prepare, manage, and support principals and evaluations of an effort to improve university-based principal preparation, the New Leaders program for school principals and an initiative to improve the principal pipeline in six major districts. Gates 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.
Gates, Susan M., Ashley Woo, Lea Xenakis, Elaine Lin Wang, Rebecca Herman, Megan Andrew and Ivy Todd , Using State-Level Policy Levers to Promote Principal Quality: Lessons from Seven States Partnering with Principal Preparation Programs and Districts. , RAND (RR-A-413-1), 2020
Gates, Susan M., Matthew Baird, Benjamin K. Master and Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools, RAND (RR-2666), 2019
Gates, Susan M., Julia H. Kaufman, Sy Doan, Andrea Prado Tuma and Deborah Kim , Taking Stock of Principal Pipelines: What Public School Districts Report Doing and What They Want to Do to Improve School Leadership., RAND (RR-A-274-1), 2020
Gates, Susan M., Brian Phillips, Michael H. Powell, Elizabeth A. Roth and Joyce Marks, Analyses of the Department of Defense Acquisition Workforce: Update to Methods and Results through FY 2017, RAND (RR-2492), 2018
Susan M. Gates et al., "Mobility and Turnover Among School Principals," Economics of Education Review, 25(3), 2006
Fairlie, Robert W., Kanika Kapur and Susan M. Gates, "Is employer-based health insurance a Barrier to Entrepreneurship?" Journal of Health Economics, 30(1), 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