Yael Katz

Yael Katz
Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


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


Yael Katz (she/her) is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She most recently completed an IPA with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where she researched reservists and their SCRA rights. Katz is an IES WWC certified reviewer. She has worked on a variety of different topics at RAND, such as education, workforce development, labor, and disability. 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