Weilong Kong

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.A., University of Southern California; B.Ec. in finance, Renmin University of China


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 efficiency 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, economic impact analysis, and cost-benefit analysis; and topics including climate change adaptation, clean energy, energy efficiency, international relations, and workforce development.


Madarin; English; Japanese


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    Journal Article

    Creating a Water Risk Index to Improve Community Resilience

    We demonstrate two methods to combine water hazard data with a derived water vulnerability index to characterize water risk. We then compare the costs of two potential government policies: buyout of the home versus funding for foundation elevation.

    Oct 23, 2019