Weilong (David) Kong is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a senior public administrative analyst at the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he conducted regional economic and environmental impact analyses of California climate change mitigation and energy policies.
Kong has an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and a B.Ec. in finance from the Renmin University in China. His research interests include methods for model-based research, robust decision making, policy evaluation, and performance measurement; and topics including climate change adaptation, clean energy, energy efficiency, public health, international relations, and logistics.