Michael L. Hansen

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Senior Economist
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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. He previously served in several RAND Arroyo Center positions, including as its associate director, research quality assurance manager, director of its Personnel, Training, and Health program, and associate director of its Manpower and Training program. Hansen has conducted research on military manpower and personnel issues for over 20 years. Recent projects include an assessment of the U.S. Army's enlistment waiver policies, an analysis of personnel tempo on U.S. Coast Guard major cutters, and an evaluation of the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety.

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 as 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," in John D. Winkler (editor), Barbara A. Bicksler (editor), The New Guard and Reserve, Falcon Books, 2008

Peter Gottschalk, Michael Hansen "Is the Proportion of College Graduates in ‘Non-College’ Jobs Increasing?" in Clive R. Belfield (editor), Modern Classics in the Economics of Education, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006

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

Donald Cymrot, Michael Hansen "Overhauling Enlisted Careers and Compensation," in Cindy Williams (editor), Filling the Ranks: Transforming the U.S. Military Personnel System, The MIT Press, 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