Evan D. Peet

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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 economist at the RAND Corporation and a Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty member. His research focuses on human capital, population health, labor, and environment. Recently, he has led efforts to develop predictive models of infant mortality and to integrate machine learning and econometric techniques to estimate the causal effects of medical and community based interventions on infant mortality risk. In upcoming work, he will lead efforts to integrate risk alerts and intervention recommendations into healthcare provider systems, and train teams to coordinate care in both healthcare and community settings.

He has also examined the role of incentives in the individual's health care utilization decisions, how pollution affects human capital and population health outcomes like cancer. In other areas of human capital, he as worked on projects exploring the role of teacher quality in student academic success, and explored variation in the returns to education across the globe. He also has extensive experience in developing country contexts where he has examined the role of household decision-making, rural healthcare quality, intimate partner violence, and other factors in population health and human capital. 

Peet is an expert in causal inference, has experience designing and analyzing RCTs, has managed the creation and analysis of large administrative datasets, and has conducted mixed methods studies. 

He received his Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. Prior to joining RAND at the Pittsburgh, PA office, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in global and environmental health at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan 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