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 examining barriers to attracting talent and diversity to public sector organizations so that their workforce can reflect the communities they serve. He has conducted projects in Texas and Pennsylvania to improve postsecondary education governance structures and align them to meeting workforce needs. His work in skills also examines military members’ transitions from active duty to the civilian labor market.

Goldman has studied policy and implementation of both basic and higher education in the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He is conducting a process and outcomes evaluation of a long-term effort to deliver American engineering bachelor’s degrees in the country of Georgia.

One of his main research themes is measuring performance in postsecondary 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.

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

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Recent Projects

  • Addressing barriers to talent and diversity in Southern California region public sector careers
  • Evaluating American delivery of STEM higher education in the country of Georgia
  • Sustaining Pennsylvania's public universities
  • Veteran transitions to civilian employment
  • Meeting workforce needs for Australia's naval shipbuilding plan

Selected Publications

Charles A. Goldman, Tepring Piquado, J. Luke Irwin, Daniel Allen, Ying Zhou, Sung Ho Ryu, Recruiting and Hiring a Diverse and Talented Public Sector Workforce, RAND Corporation (RR-A1255-1), 2021

Charles A. Goldman, Jeremy Boback, Robert Bozick, Drew M. Anderson, Navigating a Big Transition: Military Service Members' Earnings and Employment After Active-Duty Service, RAND Corporation (RR-A361-1), 2021

Goldman, Charles A.; Karam, Rita T.; Stalczynski, Mark.; Giglio, Kate., Promoting the Long-Term Sustainability and Viability of Universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, RAND Corporation (RR-2486-PLBFC), 2018

Karam, Rita T.; Goldman, Charles A.,; Basco, Daniel.; Carew, Diana., Managing the Expansion of Graduate Education in Texas, RAND Corporation (RR-1899-CFAT), 2017

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

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, 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

Recent Media Appearances

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


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