Jesse Lastunen

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


M.Phil. in technology policy, University of Cambridge; M.Sc. in specialized economic analysis, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics; B.Sc. (Tech.) in industrial engineering and management, Tampere University of Technology


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 industry. He was also a programmer on RAND’s MOBILE project, where he helped develop an analytical 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 worked for 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.

Selected Publications

Diana Gehlhaus Carew, Nicholas Martin, Marjory S. Blumenthal, Philip Armour, and Jesse Lastunen, The Potential Economic Value of Unlicensed Spectrum in the 5.9 GHz Frequency Band: Insights for Future Spectrum Allocation Policy, RAND (RR-2720), 2018

Benjamin Miller, David Metz, Troy Smith, Jesse Lastunen, Eric Landree, and Christopher Nelson, "Understanding the Economic Benefit Associated with Research and Services at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health," RAND Health Quarterly, 8(1), 2017

Benjamin Miller, Frank Camm, Marjory Blumenthal, Jesse Lastunen, and Kenneth Miller, Inching Toward Reform: Trump’s Deregulation and Its Implementation, RAND (PE-241), 2017

Richard Silberglitt, Andrew Lauland, Michael Watson, Christopher Eusebi, and Jesse Lastunen, Wearable Technologies for Law Enforcement, RAND (RR-2012), 2017

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Chicago
  • British Council Scholar, University of Cambridge