Economists at RAND
Roughly 70 economists, mostly applied microeconomists, belong to the Economics, Sociology, and Statistics Department. They allocate themselves—through an internal labor market—to hundreds of ongoing projects supported by a variety of funders, including government agencies, grant making organizations, and private foundations. Many researchers seek their own funding for their work, and resources are available for writing proposals. Some economists choose to teach or mentor PhD students through the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Economists at RAND benefit from the depth, breadth, and diversity made possible by their numbers. RAND research is often motivated by real-world questions or problems. Researchers study a wide range of issues across multiple fields, sometimes working alone but more often collaborating with others on disciplinary or interdisciplinary teams. The research often involves developing new models or collecting data. RAND economists publish articles in academic journals, edited volumes, books, and peer-reviewed RAND reports.
In this article in American Economic Review, the authors present the first estimates of the causal effects of Social Security Disability Insurance receipt on labor supply estimated using the entire population of program applicants, and find that among the estimated 23 percent of applicants on the margin of program entry, employment would have been 28 percentage points higher had they not received benefits.
The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $159 billion to $215 billion annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer. The greatest cost is associated with providing institutional and home-based long-term care rather than medical services.
There are numerous opportunities for those researchers who wish to teach. The Pardee RAND Graduate School is the world’s leading producer of Ph.D.s in policy analysis. The curriculum includes graduate microeconomics and econometrics as well as courses in applied subjects like health, organizational economics, education, and labor. RAND economists also teach courses at area universities, including UCLA.
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