David Knapp

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Economist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in economics, University of Michigan; M.A. in economics, University of Michigan; B.S. in economics, The Ohio State University; B.A. in political science, The Ohio State University

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David Knapp is an economist at the RAND Corporation. His research focuses on recruitment, retention, and retirement related issues faced by workers, households, and employers.

He is leading several studies including one analyzing the post-service earnings of military retirees, another evaluating the efficacy of TV and digital advertising in Army recruiting, and a study developing harmonized data on pension and retirement incentives across the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) international family of surveys. His recent work includes evaluating how public-sector teachers’ retention decisions respond to changes in the structure of their compensation, as well as similar work on how the structure of compensation affects civil service retention in the Department of Defense, and a study of near-retirement divorce on retirement security. While at RAND, he has played a key role in negotiating data partnerships within the federal government and contributed to DoD working groups on approaches to improving data access and sharing.

Prior to joining RAND in 2014, Knapp attended the University of Michigan where he received his Ph.D. in economics in 2014.  He also received an M.A. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2010, and a B.A. in political science and B.S. in economics from the Ohio State University in 2007.