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 and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. 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.

Previous Positions

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Colorado Boulder; Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School

Selected Publications

Drake Warren, Heather Krull, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Aisha Najera Chesler, Ellen M. Pint, and J. Michael Gilmore, Assessment of Alternative Funding Models for Activities in RDECOM (Now CCDC) and ATEC, RAND Corporation (RR-2818-A), 2020

Molly Dunigan, Ryan Andrew Brown, Samantha Cherney, Maria DeYoreo, Katherine C. Hastings, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Christina Panis, Leslie Adrienne Payne, Michael Schwille, and Lauren Skrabala, Army Expeditionary Civilian Demand: Forecasting Future Requirements for Civilian Deployments, RAND Corporation (RR-2854-A), 2019

Patricia K. Tong, Leslie Adrienne Payne, Craig A. Bond, Sarah O. Meadows, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Esther M. Friedman, and Ervant J. Maksabedian, Enhancing Family Stability During a Permanent Change of Station: A Review of Disruptions and Policies, RAND Corporation (RR-2304-OSD), 2018

Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Laura Werber, Cameron Wright, Irina Danescu, Jessica J. Hwang, and Lindsay Daugherty, 2016 Assessment of the Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project,, RAND Corporation (RR-1783-OSD), 2017

Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Edward G. Keating, Leslie Adrienne Payne, Brian J. Gordon, Julia Pollak, Andrew Madler, Hugh G. Massey, and Gillian S. Oak, Department of Defense Experiences with Substituting Government Employees for Military Personnel: Challenges and Opportunities, RAND Corporation (RR-1282-OSD), 2016

Craig A. Bond, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Henry Leonard, Julia Pollak, Christopher Guo, and Bernard Rostker, Tour Lengths, Permanent Changes of Station, and Alternatives for Savings and Improved Stability, RAND Corporation (RR-1034-OSD), 2016

Mark V. Arena, Irv Blickstein, Daniel Gonzales, Sarah Harting, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, Michael McGee, Megan McKernan, Charles Nemfakos, Jan Osburg, Rena Rudavsky, and Jerry M. Sollinger, DoD and Commercial Advanced Waveform Developments and Programs with Multiple Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 5, RAND Corporation (MG-1171/5-OSD), 2014

Tim Webb, Christopher Guo, Jennifer Lamping Lewis, and Daniel Egel, Venture Capital and Strategic Investment for Developing Government Mission Capabilities, RAND Corporation (RR-176-OSD), 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Gene Gritton Award for Innovation in Defense and National Security