Jennifer Lamping Lewis

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Senior Economist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, Columbia University; M.Phil. in economics, Columbia University; M.A. in economics, Columbia University; A.B. cum laude in economics, Princeton University


Jennifer Lamping Lewis is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She has applied her expertise in game theory, market design, auctions and procurement competitions, and statistical analysis to a variety of issues in defense acquisition and workforce management.

Her acquisition work includes the development of a dynamic procurement model that simulates competition among defense contractors over time, an assessment of multi-phase competition in the procurement of surface vessels, and a study of strategic investment for discovering and developing counter-IED capabilities.

Her workforce management work includes a study of the effects of a proposed extension to military tour lengths, an analysis of the factors that facilitate or impede the conversion of military positions to government civilian positions, an evaluation of a pay-for-performance pilot program for civilian personnel in the acquisition workforce, and the development of a forecasting model of civilian deployment.

From 2012 to 2015, Lewis was the Associate Director of RAND's Forces and Resources Policy Center. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2005 and served on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2005 to 2011.

Recent Projects

  • Lessons Learned from Multi-Phase Shipbuilding Programs
  • A Dynamic Procurement Model for Assessing Competitive Options in the Context of Defense Acquisition
  • Assessing Army Civilian Career Training: Examining the Application of Resources
  • Assessing Army Requirements for Expeditionary Civilians in Contingency Operations
  • Auction Mechanisms for Managing a Military Drawdown

Honors & Awards

  • Gene Gritton Award for Innovation in Defense and National Security