Michael G. Mattock

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Senior Economist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in economics, California Institute of Technology; B.A. in mathematics, Northwestern University


Michael Mattock is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and is an affiliate faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Much of his work focuses on helping government decisionmakers evaluate possible changes to military compensation, incentive pays, and retirement. He has helped decisionmakers at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Qatar National Research Fund, the Qatar Supreme Council for Family Affairs, the Government of India Ministry of Defence, the Qatar Armed Forces, Qatar Petroleum, Kahramaa, and Qatar Foundation. Mattock received the RAND President's Choice Award in July 2009 for his work in Qatar on the formation of the Ministry of Social Affairs and reformation of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. He holds an M.S. in economics from the California Institute of Technology.

Recent Projects

  • Retaining U.S. Air Force pilots when civilian demand for pilots is growing
  • Capping retirement pay for senior field grade officers
  • Creating a design and an education and communication plan for bicycle paths in Doha, Qatar
  • Improving the appearance of Doha, Qatar through the design of electrical substations
  • An executive course in systems analysis for the Indian Ministry of Defence

Selected Publications

Beth J. Asch, Michael G. Mattock, James Hosek, The Blended Retirement System: Retention Effects and Continuation Pay Cost Estimates for the Armed Services, RAND Corporation (RR-1887-OSD/USCG), 2017

Mattock, Michael G., James Hosek, Beth J. Asch, and Rita Karam, Retaining U.S. Air Force Pilots When the Civilian Demand for Pilots Is Growing, RAND Corporation (RR-1455-AF), 2016

Mattock, Michael G., James Hosek and Beth J. Asch, Policies for Managing Reductions in Military End Strength: Using Incentive Pays to Draw Down the Force, RAND Corporation (RR-545-OSD), 2016

Beth J. Asch, Michael G. Mattock, James Hosek, Reforming Military Retirement: Analysis in Support of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, RAND Corporation (RR-1022-MCRMC), 2015

Michael G. Mattock, Beth J. Asch, James Hosek, Making the Reserve Retirement System Similar to the Active System: Retention and Cost Estimates, RAND Corporation (RR-530-A), 2014

Beth J. Asch, James Hosek, Michael G. Mattock, Toward Meaningful Military Compensation Reform: Research in Support of DoD's Review, RAND Corporation (RR-501-OSD), 2014