Roland Sturm

Roland Sturm
Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University; M.S in statistics, Stanford University; M.A. in economics, University of Florida

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Roland Sturm is a senior economist at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he teaches advanced econometrics and statistics. He is the author of 170 scientific publications. Sturm has analyzed “big data” for more than 30 years, including operating records of nuclear power plants, medical records, insurance claims, credit card purchases, and supermarket scanner data. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and numerous state legislatures. Sturm received a Ph.D. in economics and an M.A. in statistics from Stanford University, and an M.S. in economics from the University of Florida. 

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Selected Publications

Herman R, Chen A, Sturm R, "Improving Diet Quality in US Adults: A 30-year Health and Economic Impact Microsimulation," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2022

Roland Sturm, Haijing Crystal Huang, Flavia Tsang, Liisa Hiatt, Rosanna Smart, Cameron Wright, Helen Wu Sturm, Roland, Haijing Crystal Huang, Flavia Tsang, Liisa Hiatt, Rosanna Smart, Cameron Wright, and Helen Wu, Examining Consumer Responses to Calorie Information on Restaurant Menus in a Discrete Choice Experiment, RAND Corporation (RR-1957), 2018

Sturm R, An R, "Obesity and economic environments," CA Cancer J Clin, 64(5), 2014

Sturm R, Hattori A, "Diet and obesity in Los Angeles County 2007-2012: Evaluating the Fast Food Ban," Soc Sci Med, 2015

Sturm R, An R, Segal D, Patel P, "A cash-back rebate program for healthy food purchases in South Africa: results from scanner data," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(6), 2013

Sturm R, Powell LM, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ, "Soda Taxes, Soft Drink Consumption, and Children's Body Mass Index," Health Affairs, 29(5), 2010

Wells KB, Sturm R, Sherbourne CD, Meredith LS, Caring For Depression, Harvard University Press


German; Portuguese

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: ABC; Associated Press; Chicago Sun-Times; CNN; Health & Medicine Week; KCRW-FM; KNX-AM; Los Angeles Times; NBC Nightly News; New York Times;; NPR; Reuters; Scripps Howard News Service; USA Today; Wall Street Journal; Marketplace Radio; Washington Post