James V. Marrone

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PhD in economics, University of Chicago; MSc in economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra; BS in mathematics, University of Chicago; BA in physics, University of Chicago


Jim Marrone (he/him) is an associate economist at RAND Corporation. He studies how institutions and government programs impact individual and community wellbeing. Major topical focuses are: military families and young servicemembers; counter-extremism and disinformation; and cultural heritage in disaster and conflict zones. His work is both theoretical and empirical, using mixed methods to conduct causal inference on topics for which data is difficult to obtain. Recent examples include quasi-experimental analyses of military attrition, the use of remote survey methods to study how media interventions can counter disinformation and extremism, and the development of scalable methods to assess damage to historic and archaeological sites. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications

James V. Marrone, S. Rebecca Zimmerman, Louay Constant, Marek N. Posard, Katherine L. Kidder, Christina Panis, Rebecca Jensen, Organizational and Cultural Causes of Army First-Term Attrition, RAND Corporation (RR-A666-1), 2021

Todd C. Helmus, James V. Marrone, Marek Posard, Russian Propaganda Hits Its Mark: Experimentally Testing the Impact of Russian Propaganda and Counter-Interventions, RAND Corporation (RR-A704-3), 2020

James V. Marrone, Todd C. Helmus, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, Christopher Santucci, Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria: Using a Text-Message Survey to Assess Radio Programs, RAND Corporation (RR-4257-DOS), 2020

James V. Marrone, Predicting 36-Month Attrition in the U.S. Military: A Comparison Across Service Branches, RAND Corporation (RR-4258-OSD), 2020

Silvia Beltrametti and James V. Marrone, "Market Responses to Court Rulings: Evidence from Antiquities Auctions," Journal of Law and Economics, 59(4), 2016

Susan A. Resetar, James V. Marrone, Josh Mendelsohn, Amy Schwartzman, David M. Adamson, Cultural and Historic Resources Recovery Planning in Puerto Rico, RAND Corporation (RR-2859-DHS), 2020

Fiona Greenland, James V. Marrone, Oya Topcuoglu, Tasha Vorderstrasse, "A Site-Level Market Model of the Antiquities Trade," International Journal of Cultural Property, 26(1), 2019

Carole Roan Gresenz, Jean M. Mitchell, James V. Marrone, Howard J. Federoff, "Effect of Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease on Household Financial Outcomes," Health Economics, 29(1), 2020


  • Trenton Duerksen cleans a Triceratops horridus dinosaur on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, September 1, 2020, photo by Anthony Behar/Reuters

    Arts Policy During the Pandemic: What Are We Measuring, and What Can We Know?

    Few data sources exist for the labor market for artists. Of the sources that do exist, each measures a different piece of a larger puzzle. Those studying the arts labor market will have to grapple with which data source to use and how “the arts” should be defined before undertaking any analysis.

    Mar 8, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Ballet dancer on stage in an empty theater, photo by vgajic/Getty Images

    The Pandemic Is a Disaster for Artists

    The arts as we know them are likely to be shut down for the foreseeable future and the vast majority of artists have likely lost some or all of their income. How many artists are out of work, and what could be done to help them?

    Aug 4, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • A man walks past the shuttered Richard Rodgers Theatre, home of the popular musical “Hamilton,” in New York, July 2, 2020, photo by Mike Segar/Reuters

    Arts and Cultural Workers Are Especially Vulnerable to the Pandemic

    Workers in the arts and cultural industries could be especially vulnerable to the economic shocks of COVID-19. As the United States reopens and decides its future, it should recognize these vulnerabilities, as well as the benefits that the arts and cultural industries offer.

    Jul 23, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Examples of Facebook pages displayed during a House Intelligence Committee meeting on Russian use of social media to influence U.S. elections in Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017, photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters

    How You Can Fight Russia's Plans to Troll Americans During Campaign 2020

    The goal of Russian interference is to trigger emotional reactions and drive people to ideological extremes, making it nearly impossible to build a consensus. But Americans are less likely to have their emotions manipulated if they are aware that manipulation is the goal.

    Jul 14, 2020 Los Angeles Times

  • Damaged artifacts inside the museum of the historic city of Palmyra, Syria, March 27, 2016, photo by SANA/Reuters

    We're Just Beginning to Grasp the Toll of the Islamic State's Archaeological Looting in Syria

    During the Islamic State's rise, looted artifacts were said to be a significant source of income for the group. But no one had identified the value, using empirical data and systematic calculations, of the artifacts that were known to exist in Syria's archaeological sites. Until now.

    May 15, 2019 The Conversation