David Metz

David Metz
Quantitative Analyst
Washington Office


MSc in economics, University College London; BA in international relations and economics, Tufts University


David Metz is a senior quantitative analyst who specializes in regulatory analysis and economic impact analysis across a broad range of topics, including occupational safety and health, homeland security, and the environment. He is adept at statistical and economic modeling, analysis of large data sets, and program evaluation.

He has conducted regulatory impact analyses for federal and state agencies, including the California Department of Industrial Relations, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Environmental Protection Agency. His recent work has focused on the social and economic impact of health and safety interventions for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also has significant expertise in developing sophisticated cost analysis tools to help decisionmakers in a variety of policy contexts, such as allocation of disaster relief funding and options for federal property management.

Prior to joining RAND, he worked at Industrial Economics, Inc. where he specialized in regulatory impact analysis and economic damages valuation. He received an M.Sc. in economics from University College London and a B.A. in international relations and economics from Tufts University.

Recent Projects

  • Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment of the Proposed California Regulation for Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment
  • Measuring the Value of Invention: The Impact of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners' Inventions
  • The Risk-Mitigation Value of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential: A Comprehensive Security Assessment of the TWIC Program
  • Selecting and Evaluating Case Studies of the Economic Benefits of Research and Services at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: Case Studies on Personal Dust Monitors for Coal Miners, Improved Ambulance Design, and Amputation Surveil
  • Understanding the Economic Benefit Associated with Research and Services at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health