Evan D. Peet

Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in economics, Duke University; M.A. in economics, Duke University; B.A. in economics, math, statistics, Brigham Young University

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Evan Peet is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on applied microeconomics covering the areas of labor, development, environment, health, and human capital.

Econometrically, his research focuses on identifying quasi-experimental methods ranging from difference-in-differences, to synthetic control methods, and novel machine learning methods. The wide range of topics he has and is currently researching includes: environmental health and the impact of early-life exposures on long-term human capital and labor market outcomes, the global link between physical and cognitive development, the translation of cognitive development to educational attainment, the global variation in the returns to education, educational policy, environmental policy, preventive health decision-making, markets imperfections in developing countries, and conflict in developing countries.

Peet received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. After completing his Ph.D. at Duke, Peet was a postdoctoral fellow in global health and environmental health at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Recent Projects

  • Prediction and Reduction of Infant Mortality in Allegheny County
  • Lifecourse Pollution Exposure and Cancer

Selected Publications

Elizabeth D. Steiner, Laura S. Hamilton, Evan Peet, John F. Pane, Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning: Survey Results Addendum, RAND (RR-1365/2), 2015

Evan Peet, Dana C. McCoy, Goodarz Danaei, Majid Ezzati, Wafaie Fawzi, Marjo-Riitta Jarvelin, Demetris Pillas, Gunther Fink, "Early Childhood Development and Schooling Attainment: Longitudinal Evidence from British, Finnish and Philippine Birth Cohorts," PLOS One

Dana Charles McCoy, Evan D. Peet, Majid Ezzati, Goodarz Danaei, Maureen M. Black, Christopher R. Sudfeld, Wafaie Fawzi, Günther Fink, "Early Childhood Developmental Status in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: National, Regional and Global Estimates," PLOS Medicine

Evan Peet, Gunther Fink, and Wafaie Fawzi, "Returns to Education in Developing Countries: Evidence from the Living Standards and Measurement Study Surveys," Economics of Education Review

Goodarz Danaei, Kathryn Andrews, Majid Ezzati, Mary C Smith Fawzi, Gunther Fink, Dana Charles McCoy, Evan Peet, Christopher R Sudfeld, and Wafaie W Fawzi, "Risk Factors for Childhood Stunting in 137 Developing Countries: A Comparative Risk Assessment Analysis at Global, Regional, and Country Levels,," PLOS Medicine

Gunther Fink, Evan Peet, Goodarz Danaei, Kathryn Andrews, Dana Charles McCoy, Christopher R Sudfeld, Mary C Smith Fawzi, Majid Ezzati, and Wafaie W Fawzi, "Schooling and Wage Income Losses Due to Early Childhood Growth Faltering in Developing Countries: National, Regional and Global Estimates," The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


  • Global climate change visualization

    Adapting to a Hotter World

    Because climate change is largely irreversible, mitigation alone won't solve the problem. While mitigation will prevent even greater, future climatic changes, adaptation — efforts to adjust to climate change's effects — will prepare the world for a new set of living conditions, whatever they may be.

    Oct 2, 2015 U.S. News & World Report