Melody Harvey

Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P. in economics, Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy; B.A. in economics, Reed College


Melody Harvey is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research focuses on the effects of consumer policies on economically vulnerable populations in the United States.

Harvey is currently analyzing the impact of a permanent supportive housing program on service utilization and county departments' net cost expenditures. She is also conceptualizing ideas to assess the impact of Dodd-Frank on consumer financial protections, and to determine the impact of consumer policies on young adults' financial well-being. Her dissertation examines the effects of high school financial education mandates on financial behaviors among younger, economically vulnerable populations.

Harvey has significant experience in quantitative analyses, survey methodology, data management, document analyses, and in public policy reviews, formulation, consulting, and analyses. Oftentimes her work has been tailored to policymakers, clients, and research participants as well as academia.

Prior to attending Pardee RAND, Harvey worked as a research consultant, a research assistant, and a survey researcher for several nonprofits serving low-income households and individuals. Examples of previous work include drafting policy recommendations for preventing employment discrimination against applicants with criminal records; creating and conducting a local nonprofit's first neighborhood fresh produce distribution assessment; and assessing the feasibility of a proposed asset-development program given housing, financial, and socioeconomic characteristics of low-income, asset-poor renters.