Stephanie Rennane

Associate Economist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Maryland; M.A. in economics, University of Maryland; B.A. in economics, University of Michigan


Stephanie Rennane is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. Her research analyzes the design and efficiency of social insurance and other public interventions for vulnerable populations. One side of her research seeks to understand the value of social insurance, assessing extent to which social insurance "fills a gap" in the private insurance market and mitigates risks to income and well-being following an unexpected bad event. Another side of her research analyzes the efficiency of social insurance, asking who is the target population for particular programs, how to identify this population, and when is the right time to intervene. Rennane has topical expertise studying disability and related policy issues among adults and children. Her recent work includes studying the effect of workers' compensation benefits on labor supply and analyzing trends in diagnosis, treatment, and evaluation of disabilities in the military. She also has research studying interactions between Social Security Disability Insurance and family assistance, studying patterns in health and health insurance coverage among near-elderly retirees, and assessing ways to measure disability based on functional status. Rennane holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland.

Selected Publications

Mark Duggan, Melissa S. Kearney, and Stephanie Rennane "The Supplemental Security Income Program," in Robert A. Moffitt, Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume II, University of Chicago Press, 2016