C. Richard Neu

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Adjunct Staff; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in economics, California Institute of Technology; M.A. in economics, Harvard University; Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University


Richard Neu is an adjunct staff member at the RAND Corporation and formerly a senior economist at RAND. He is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Most recently, Neu has served as director of the RAND-Initiated Research program. He served for three years as the founding director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, in Doha, Qatar and for two years as director of the RAND Mexico City office. Other assignments included assistant to the president of RAND for Research on Counterterrorism; associate director of RAND Project AIR FORCE; associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School; codirector of RAND Enterprise Analysis; and director of the RAND-Harvard-UCLA Center for Health Care Financing Policy Research. For many years, he served as rapporteur for RAND Business Leaders Forum, a regular gathering of Russian, European, and American business leaders. 

From 1993 through 1995, Neu served on the National Intelligence Council as the National Intelligence Officer for Economics, the principal advisor on economic matters to the Director of Central Intelligence. Earlier, he served in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the Congressional Budget Office and as a senior international economist at the First National Bank of Chicago. He has taught courses on macroeconomics, international economics, and finance at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a trustee of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and of the American Composers Orchestra in New York. Neu received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Governmental reform in Qatar
  • Southern California's international ties
  • Linkages among international financial markets
  • Rural business hubs in India
  • National security consequences of U.S.federal deficits

Selected Publications

C.R. Neu et al., Sending Your Government a Message: E-mail Communication Between Citizens and Government, RAND Corporation (MR-1095-MF), 1999

C. Richard Neu, Charles Wolf, Jr., The Economic Dimensions of National Security, RAND Corporation (MR-466-OSD), 1994

C. Richard Neu, A New Bretton Woods: Rethinking International Economic Institutions and Arrangements, RAND Corporation (MR-116-RC), 1993


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