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Economic policies are the end results of economic planning: the decisions governments make to influence the production, consumption, and sharing of wealth. RAND research has explored economic policies from the local to the international level, including their effects on international trade and foreign relations, their relation to policies focusing on public health and the environment, and their impact on economic growth and recessions.

  • New members of Congress are sworn in during the first session of the 117th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, January 3, 2021, photo by Tasos Katopodis/Reuters

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    Unemployment Insurance and the Failure to Reform

    Jan 5, 2021

    Unemployment Insurance is the primary U.S. policy tool for sustaining workers during periods of high unemployment. But it has a history of being repeatedly neglected. Federal reform has been stalled for nearly 50 years.

  • U.S. dollars and other currencies lie in a charity receptacle at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Canada, June 13, 2018, photo by Chris Helgren/Reuters

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    Economic Competition in the 21st Century

    Jul 17, 2020

    One can think of economic competition in two broad ways. The first is competition as an outcome: the ability to boost standards of living through domestic policies. The second is competition as an action, where economic policies also pursue geopolitical goals.

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    Sashka Dimova

    Senior Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Aarhus University; M.A. in economics, Central European University; M.A. in economics, University of Vienna

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    Eliane Dufresne

    Research Assistant
    Education M.Sc. in public policy and development, Toulouse School of Economics

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    Omar Sherif Elwakil

    Associate Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in supply chain management, University of Maryland; M.S. in international business, Univ Catholique de Louvain; B.S. in economics, University of Massachusetts

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    Susan M. Gates

    Director, Office of Research Quality Assurance; Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economic analysis and policy, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University; M.A. in Russian and Eastern European studies, Stanford University; A.B. in mathematical economics, Brown University

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    Diana Gehlhaus

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in applied economics, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in mathematics and economics, Bucknell University

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    Victoria A. Greenfield

    Research Quality Assurance Manager, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center; Senior Economist
    Education B.S. in agricultural economics, Cornell University; Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics, UC Berkeley; M.S. in agricultural and resource economics, UC Berkeley

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    Marco Hafner

    Senior Economist; Research Leader
    Education M.Sc. in economics, University of Zurich; M.Phil. in economics, University College of London

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    Jakub P. Hlavka

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in international affairs, Georgetown University; B.Sc. in international trade, University of Economics, Prague

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    Molly McIntosh

    Associate Director, Forces and Resources Policy Center; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Princeton University; M.A. in economics, Princeton University; B.A. in economics, UC Berkeley

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    Benjamin M. Miller

    Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, San Diego; B.S. in economics, Purdue University

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    C. Richard Neu

    Adjunct Staff; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in economics, California Institute of Technology; M.A. in economics, Harvard University; Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University

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    Edmund L. Luzine

    Senior Global Policy Analyst
    Education MBA in finance, economics, and business public policy, University of Rochester; BS in liberal arts, Syracuse University

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    Howard J. Shatz

    Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, Harvard University; M.I.A. in international policy analysis and management, Middle East studies, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; Post-graduate study in Middle East studies, Tel Aviv University; A.B. in history, Brown University

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    Carlos Villegas

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, University of Houston; M.A. in applied economics, University of Houston; B.A. in economics, political science, University of Houston

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    Ingo Vogelsang

    Longterm Visitor
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Heidelberg

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    Tal Wolfson

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in economics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; B.A. in economics and philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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    Kandice A. Kapinos

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; M.S. in labor economics/human resources, University of Illinois; B.S. in business administration, University of Texas

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    Moon Kim

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international science and technology policy, George Washington University; B.S. in finance and economics, University of Maryland, College Park

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    Patricia K. Tong

    Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, San Diego; B.A. in economics and mathematics, New York University