Jesse Lastunen is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He holds master's degrees in technology policy from the University of Cambridge and in international economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
At RAND, Lastunen has worked on projects focusing on the use of wearable technology in law enforcement, the labor market impact of autonomous vehicles, and the effects of blockchain technology on the financial services sector. He is also a programmer on RAND's MOBILE project, an effort to build a comprehensive model of labor market inequality in the U.S.
Prior to joining RAND, Lastunen was a Fulbright scholar in public policy at the University of Chicago. He has advised a variety of organizations on technology policy topics, including OECD, Microsoft Research, the Technopolis Group, and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. Lastunen's research interests include science and technology policy, labor markets, and public finance.