Economic research

Economic research

Education finance, household financial decision making, 

public policy


Economic research

Drew M. Anderson is an Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation and a Core Faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also teaches at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

He studies the economics of education finance and household financial decision making. His research evaluates how financial aid and financial education affect household investments, as well as how public policies shape markets for education, health, and financial products.

Drew focuses on building partnerships to access and link administrative databases, to execute quasi-experimental and experimental designs, and to inform policy decisions.

Drew earned his PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then worked at UW as a postdoctoral researcher with the Wisconsin HOPE Lab (now the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice) and the Center for Financial Security.

His work has been funded by ECMC Foundation, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Ascendium Education Group, the Spencer Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the US Department of the Treasury, and the Social Security Administration. His research has been published in Economics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, and the Journal of Consumer Affairs