Charles A. Goldman

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Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; S.B. in computer science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Charles A. Goldman is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor of economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He specializes in the economics of education, skills and workforce needs, strategic planning for education systems, and organization and performance of schools, universities, and systems. He is conducting a series of projects in Texas, all aimed at improving the match between higher education and workforce needs. Building on this work, he is conducting a study of how Australia’s education, training, and workforce development systems can meet the demands of the country’s rapid increase in naval shipbuilding.  His work in skills also examines military members’ transitions from active duty to the civilian labor market.

One of his main research themes is measuring performance in higher education at the institution and system levels. Building on that work, he develops national and international university ranking and benchmarking systems and sits on the advisory board of the Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities. He has studied policy and implementation of both basic and higher education in the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Goldman previously served as associate director of RAND Education and of the Manpower and Training Program within RAND Arroyo Center.

Goldman earned his S.B. in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy from Stanford University, and held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Stanford School of Education.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • Matching higher education to workforce needs in Texas
  • Veteran transitions to civilian employment
  • Meeting workforce needs for Australia's naval shipbuilding plan
  • Regional STEM degree accelerator
  • Higher education ranking and data systems in UAE and India

Selected Publications

Charles A. Goldman, Lindsay Butterfield, Diana Lavery, Trey Miller, Lindsay Daugherty, Trinidad Beleche, Bing Han, Using Workforce Information for Degree Program Planning in Texas, RAND Corporation (RR-1011-CFAT), 2015

Lindsay Daugherty, Charles A. Goldman, Lindsay Butterfield and Trey Miller, Assessing the Potential to Expand Community College Baccalaureate Programs in Texas, RAND Corporation (RR-745-CFAT), 2014

Charles A. Goldman, Krishna B. Kumar, and Ying Liu, Education and the Asian Surge: A Comparison of the Education Systems in India and China, RAND Corporation (OP-218-CAPP), 2008

Gabriella Gonzalez et al., Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century: Education and Labor Market Initiatives in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, RAND Corporation (MG-786-RC), 2008

Dominic J. Brewer et al., Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND Corporation (MG-548-QATAR), 2007

Dominic J. Brewer, Susan M. Gates, and Charles A. Goldman, In Pursuit of Prestige: Strategy and Competition in U.S. Higher Education, Transaction Publishers, 2002

Charles A. Goldman and William F. Massy, The PhD Factory: Training and Employment of Science and Engineering Doctorates in the United States, Anker Publishing, 2001

Charles A. Goldman, Rita Karam, Beth Katz, Tiffany Tsai, Leslie Mullins, and John D. Winkler, Options for Educating Students Attending Department of Defense Schools in the United States, RAND Corporation (RR-885-DODEA), 2016

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Associated Press; Atlantic Monthly; Korea Times; Reno-Gazette Journal


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