Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
Randall Akee is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently on leave from UCLA and is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution. Akee is an applied microeconomist and has worked in the areas of labor economics, economic development, and migration. He has conducted research on the determinants of migration and human trafficking, the effect of changes in household income on educational attainment and obesity, the effect of political institutions on economic development, and the role of property institutions on investment decisions. He also spent several years working for the state of Hawaii Office of Hawaiian Affairs Economic Development Division. He is a research fellow at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the National Advisory Council on Race, Ethnic, and Other Populations at the U.S. Census Bureau and is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.