Molly F. McIntosh

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Associate Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Economist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in economics, Princeton University; M.A. in economics, Princeton University; B.A. in economics, UC Berkeley


Molly McIntosh is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and associate director of the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division. Trained as a labor economist, McIntosh's recent research has focused on military personnel policy. Prior to joining RAND in 2019, McIntosh was Research Program Director of the Navy Compensation and Personnel Policy Program at CNA, which runs the U.S. Department of the Navy's FFRDC. At CNA, McIntosh led studies on a variety of military personnel issues, including the effectiveness of special and incentive pays, policies to address manning shortfalls, and drivers of officer and enlisted retention and performance. McIntosh also served as CNA's Scientific Analyst to Director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division, U.S. Navy and Field Representative to Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific. McIntosh has a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. in economics from University of California, Berkeley.