Ashley N. Muchow

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.B.A. in economics and finance, Loyola University Chicago


Ashley Muchow is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her work centers on public policy that affects low-income and vulnerable populations, with a focus on the nexus of immigration policy, criminal justice, and racial/ethnic inequality. Her dissertation builds on theories of social stratification and neighborhood effects to examine how modern immigration policy affects the outcomes of undocumented immigrants and immigrant communities in Los Angeles.

Muchow graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a dual degree in economics and finance. Prior to joining RAND, she worked as a senior research analyst at The Lewin Group, using econometric, mix-method, and qualitative research methods to analyze the health care labor market and as a policy analyst at the Illinois Policy Institute, focusing on public finance and education reform in the City of Chicago and Illinois. 

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program
  • Investing Early: Taking Stock of Outcomes and Economic Returns from Early Childhood Programs
  • A Study to Measure the Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in Pennsylvania's Public Schools
  • Development and Dissemination of Shadow Prices for Use in Cost-Benefit Studies of Social Programs

Selected Publications

Lynn A. Karoly and Ashley Muchow "Chapter 4. What are the Economic Returns of the Programs?" in Jill S. Cannon, M. Rebecca Kilburn, Lynn A. Karoly, Teryn Mattox, Ashley N. Muchow, and Maya Buenaventura, Investing Early: Taking Stock of Outcomes and Economic Returns from Early Childhood Programs, RAND Corporation, 2017

Lynn Karoly, Jill Cannon, and Ashley Muchow, Valuing outcomes of social programs: RAND database of shadow prices for benefit-cost analysis of social programs, RAND Corporation (TL-132-MCF), 2017 (forthcoming)

Lynn Karoly and Ashley Muchow "Chapter 8. Cost of QRIS Consortia Quality Improvement Supports," in Heather Quick, Laura Hawkinson, Aleksandra Holod, Jennifer Anthony, Susan Muenchow, Deborah Parrish, Alejandra Martin, Emily Weinberg, Dong Hoon Lee, Jill Cannon, Lynn Karoly, Gail Zellman, Susannah Faxon-Mills, Ashley Muchow, and Tiffany Tsai, Independent Evaluation of California’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Quality Rating and Improvement System: Cumulative Technical Report, RAND Corporation (EP-66746), 2016

Martsolf, G.R., Auerbach, D.A., Spetz, J., Pearson, M.L., and Muchow, A.N., "DNP by 2015: An examination of nursing schools’ decisions to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree," Nursing Outlook, 63(2), 2015

David I. Auerbach, Grant Martsolf, Marjorie L. Pearson, Erin Audrey Taylor, Mikhail Zaydman, Ashley N. Muchow, Joanne Spetz, Yeonjin Lee, The DNP by 2015 A Study of the Institutional, Political, and Professional Issues that Facilitate or Impede Establishing a Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, RAND Corporation (RR-730-AACN), 2015

Roderick S. Hooker and Ashley Muchow, "Supply of physician assistants: 2013-2026," Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, 27(3), 2014

Roderick S. Hooker and Ashley Muchow, "The 2013 census of licensed physician assistants," Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:, 27(7), 2014

Wenya Yang, James Williams, Paul Hogan, S. Bruinooge, G. Rodriguez, M. Kosty, D. Bajorin, and Ashley Muchow, "Projected supply of and demand for oncologists and radiation oncologists through 2025: An aging, better-insured population will result in shortage," Journal of Oncology Practice, 10(1), 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Dissertation Award, Jim Lovelace Foundation
  • Doctoral Grant for Social Policy Research, Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
  • Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Haynes Foundation