Michael Ma is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. His research interests include demographic changes, aging, pension, labor economics, data science, quantitative modeling, and international development. He has an M.A. in demographic and social analysis and an M.P.P. from the University of California, Irvine.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a data scientist/applied demographer at the San Diego Metropolitan Planning Organization (SANDAG), where he worked on demographic modeling projects aimed at supporting regional policymaking. His responsibilities included developing a new series demographic forecast model, producing yearly demographic and housing estimates, modeling sub-regional job allocation, regression analysis, and population data visualization. He was previously a research intern for the Taiwan GIS Center and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD).