Max Griswold

Max Griswold
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.A. in economics, University of Texas at Austin; B.S. in economics, philosophy, math, Ohio State University


Max Griswold is a policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on how behavioral risk factor policy, criminal justice policy, and housing policy creates inequitable outcomes in marginalized communities.

Prior to joining RAND, Griswold was a research scientist for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and was a high school math teacher through Americorps. His work on alcohol use and global health has appeared in academic journals, such as The Lancet and JAMA, and featured in major news outlets. He holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in economics, philosophy, and math from the Ohio State University. 

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of Crime-Free Housing Ordinances
  • Limitations of Administrative data on Background Checks
  • Investigating the Relationship between the Built Environment and Violent Crime
  • Improving Risk Scores in Medicare Advantage

Selected Publications

Griswold et al., "Alcohol use and burden for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016," The Lancet, 392(10152), 2018

Mokhdad et al., "The state of US health, 1990-2016: burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors among US states," JAMA, 219(14), 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Horowitz Fellowship, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
  • Center for Causal Inference Fellowship, Center for Causal Inference