Yael Katz

Quantitative Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, UC Irvine


Yael Katz (she/her) is a quantitative analyst at the RAND Corporation. Katz is an IES WWC certified reviewer. Katz has experience working across multiple disciplines at RAND, such as education, aging, healthcare, and labor. Prior to grad school, she worked for a public finance consulting firm that specialized in using California's Proposition 13 to create special tax districts. Katz also worked at CBRE as a researcher and as a private research assistant for an NBER Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining RAND, she completed her master’s in economics at the University of Chicago, where she wrote her graduate thesis on the effects of food insecurity on educational outcomes. Katz received her B.A. in economics from UC Irvine where she wrote her honors thesis on how Proposition 13 affected California K-12 education financing.


  • Food Insecurity

    Food Access: Challenges and Solutions Brought on by COVID-19

    For the 14.3 million American households already experiencing food insecurity before the pandemic, shutdowns and restrictions have created new layers of hardship. Tremendous efforts are already underway to help. But the weeks to come will surely demand more creative solutions from the public and private sectors.

    Mar 31, 2020

    The RAND Blog