Melanie Zaber is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation. She has diverse research interests spanning economic demography, civilian and military workforce and training, and access to institutions. Her work has examined household transitions and dynamics (coresidence, marriage, divorce, partner communication), analyzed workforce pipelines (principals, military linguists, construction), and estimated the impacts of having a lawyer or access to a lawyer on bankruptcy outcomes and divorce probability. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Civil Justice, and the Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center. She is currently co-leading several projects related to gender-workforce dynamics as well as higher education finance. She received her B.S. in economics and policy studies from Syracuse University and her Ph.D. in economics and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Epple, Dennis; Romano, Richard; Sarpca, Sinan; Sieg, Holger, Zaber, Melanie, "Market power and price discrimination in the US market for higher education," RAND Journal of Economics, 2019
Black, Dan; Taylor, Lowell; Zaber, Melanie, "Empirical Evidence in the Study of Labor Markets: Opportunities and Challenges for a New Household Survey," Journal of Economic Analysis and Social Measurement, 2015
Rohlfs, Chris; Zilora, Melanie, "Estimating Parents' Valuation of Class Size Reductions Using Attrition in the Tennessee STAR Experiment," The BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 2014