David Metz

David Metz
Quantitative Analyst


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


David Metz is a senior quantitative analyst who specializes in benefit-cost analysis and other quantitative methods to evaluate the impacts of policies and programs across a broad range of topics, including homeland security, occupational safety and health, hazard mitigation, and equity. David's recent work with federal and state agencies seeks to incorporate considerations of social equity and climate change into public policy through risk-informed and evidence-based decision making. His areas of expertise include econometrics, economic modeling, mixed-methods research, program evaluation, data analysis, and surveys.

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 by 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 the allocation of disaster relief funding and colocation (asset sharing) options for improved 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.

Selected Publications

Miller, Benjamin M., Noreen Clancy, Douglas C. Ligor, Geoffrey Kirkwood, David Metz, Steven Koller, and Stephanie Stewart, The Cost of Cost-Effectiveness: Expanding Equity in Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants, RAND Corporation (RR-A2171-1), 2023

Chang, Joseph C., James V. Marrone, David Metz, Sean Colbert-Kelly, Matthew A. DeNardo, Keith Gierlack, Chelsea Kolb, Ryan Bauer, Devon Hill, and Kristin J. Leuschner, Risk-Informed Analysis of Transportation Worker Identification Credential Reader Requirements, RAND Corporation (RR-A1687-1), 2022

Miller, Benjamin M., Tom LaTourrette, Drake Warren, and David Metz, The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Impact on Fire Safety Standards, RAND Corporation (RR-A1100-1), 2022

Metz, David, Shannon Prier, and Benjamin M. Miller, Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (SRIA) of the Proposed California Regulation for Heat Illness Prevention in Indoor Places of Employment, RAND Corporation (WR-A1386-1), 2021

Miller, Benjamin M., David Metz, Jon Schmid, Paige M. Rudin, and Marjory S. Blumenthal, Measuring the Value of Invention: The Impact of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners' Inventions, RAND Corporation (RR-A838-1), 2021

Kennedy, Michael, David Metz, Elaine K. Dezenski, Joshua Birenbaum, and Cedric Kenney, Assessing the Cost of Disaster Recovery and Identifying Funding Sources in the HSOAC Puerto Rico Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan Project, RAND Corporation (RR-2861-DHS), 2020

Miller, Benjamin M., David Metz, Troy D. Smith, and Jesse Lastunen, 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 Surveillance, RAND Corporation (RR-4201-NIOSH), 2020