Jonathan William Welburn

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Associate Operations Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in decision science & operations research, University of Wisconsin – Madison; BSc in industrial & systems engineering and economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Jonathan Welburn is an associate operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research sits at the intersection of Operations Research and Economics and employs methods from operations research, game theory, international economics, and statistical analysis. His past work has utilized this interdisciplinary approach to address international economic crises, supply chain risks, and cyber security. Welburn received a Ph.D. in decision science & operations research within industrial & systems engineering and a BSc in industrial & systems engineering and economics, each from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

Selected Publications

Jonathan W. Welburn and Kjell Hausken, "Game Theoretic Modeling of Economic Systems and the European Debt Crisis.," Computational Economics, 49(2), 2017

Jonathan Welburn, Vicki Bier, and Steven Hoerning, "Import Security: Assessing the Risks of Imported Food," Risk Analysis, 36(11), 2016

Jonathan W. Welburn and Kjell Hausken, "A Game Theoretic Model of Economic Crises," Applied Mathematics and Computation, 266, 2015


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    When Cyber Attacks Occur, Who Should Investigate?

    Data breaches and cyberattacks cross geopolitical boundaries, targeting individuals, corporations and governments. Creating a global body with a narrow focus on investigating and assigning responsibility for cyberattacks could be the first step to creating a digital world with accountability.

    Dec 6, 2018 United Press International

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    Let's (Not) Play Games with Dodd-Frank

    Dodd-Frank, the 2010 financial reform law, is now itself the target of reform. Those involved with the overhaul could draw inspiration from an unlikely source: video games. A simulation game could help predict the effects of changes to regulations—and avoid high-stakes missteps.

    May 4, 2017 The Hill