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 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.

Honors & Awards

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


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    Inching Toward Reform: Trump's Deregulation and Its Implementation

    This Perspective considers how well Executive Order 13771 addresses concerns of supporters of regulatory reform and how agencies and the Office of Management and Budget can best face the challenges and opportunities of implementing regulatory reform.

    May 18, 2017