Michael L. Hansen

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Associate Director, RAND Arroyo Center; Senior Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Boston College; B.A. in economics, Kalamazoo College

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Michael L. Hansen is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation where he serves as associate director of, and quality assurance manager for, RAND Arroyo Center. He has conducted research on military manpower and personnel issues for over 20 years. His recent projects include an analysis of personnel tempo on U.S. Coast Guard major cutters, an evaluation of the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, and an analysis of the mental health-related needs facing veterans in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Before joining RAND, Hansen worked as a research analyst and project director at CNA. During that time, he served as field scientist at the Kentucky Department of Education and scientific analyst to the U.S. Navy’s Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division (N13), and to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He was also a member of the principal research staff of the Ninth and Tenth Quadrennial Reviews of Military Compensation. Hansen received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.

Selected Publications

Michael Hansen, Diana Lien, "Compensation and Voluntary Participation in a Continuum of Service," The New Guard and Reserve, 2008

Michael Hansen, Peter Gottschalk, "Is the Proportion of College Graduates in ‘Non-College’ Jobs Increasing?" Modern Classics in the Economics of Education, 2006

Michael Hansen, Jennie Wenger, "Is the Pay Responsiveness of Enlisted Personnel Decreasing?" Defence and Peace Economics, 16(1), 2005

Michael Hansen, Sam Kleinman, "Military Compensation: When 50-Year-Olds Decide What 20-Year-Olds Want," CNA Research Memorandum D0012938, 2005

Michael Hansen, Donald Cymrot, "Overhauling Enlisted Careers and Compensation," Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military Personnel System, 2004

Michael Hansen, Diana Lien, "Relative Pay and Teacher Retention: An Empirical Analysis in a Large Urban District," IPR Research Memorandum 11022, 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Gold Medal Award (2011), RAND
  • Outstanding Performance Award (2006), CNA
  • The Donald & Helene White Prize for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Social Sciences (2000), Boston College