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 a study estimating the role of pensions in determining the retention behavior of state public sector workers, a study analyzing alternative compensation strategies for retaining workers in the DoD Cyber Excepted Service, and a study evaluating the effectiveness of marketing in recruiting for the U.S. Army. He is also leading a team harmonizing data on pension and retirement incentives across the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) international family of surveys. His recent work includes a congressionally required study of the costs of general and flag officers and their support personnel 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.