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Office of Labor and Economic Analysis

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The Office of Labor and Economic Analysis (OLEA) is dedicated to providing labor economic analysis with the rigor necessary to define, develop, shape, sustain, and deliver an Air Force and Space Force workforce with efficiency.  

Products from OLEA provide senior leaders responsible for managing the Department of the Air Force’s human capital portfolio with critical information in the development of strategic guidance. OLEA addresses unmet needs in personnel policy identified by senior leadership, with a focus on the application of labor economics principles and econometric analysis to understand the impacts of policy and incentive structures on the behavior of Airmen and Guardians. 

OLEA is located at the U.S. Air Force Academy and is integrated into its academic mission. OLEA-affiliated faculty teach courses in their areas of expertise and advise cadet research projects in addition to conducting policy-relevant research pertinent to the broader Air Force and Space Force. OLEA faculty use rich personnel and policy data from sources across the Department of the Air Force and apply their skills in causal analysis, program evaluation, labor economic theory, and mechanism design in a collaborative environment. 

  • Labor economic theory
  • Causal empirical analysis
  • Market design
  • Personnel policy development and analysis
  • Econometric data processing
  • Recruiting Population Analysis
  • Marijuana Legalization Effects on Recruiting
  • Officer Classification Modernization
  • Career Field Matching Disparities
  • Career Field Preferences and Retention
  • Support to Military Family Criteria in Basing Decisions
  • Unmet Child Care Needs
  • Talent Marketplace Effects Consultation
  • Space Force Personnel Mgmt Act Economic Analysis
  • Airman Leadership Quality Consultation
  • Board Composition: Mock Board Study
  • Rater Incentives Consultation
  • Leadership Assessment Consultation
  • Warrant Officer Career Track
  • Civilian Faculty Compensation Analysis
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibiltiy
  • Blended Retirement System Retention Impacts
  • Selective Reenlistment Bonus Effects

Colonel Patrick J. White, Director

Lt Col Bryson Rintala, Deputy Director

Dr. Nathan Wozny, Associate Director

LTC Fran Murphy, US Army Exchange Officer

Maj Nick Mastronardi, Senior Economist

Dr. Zach Fone, Analyst

Dr. John Ternovski, Analyst

TSgt Tristan Lawrence, Data Programmer

SSgt Samuel Matthews, Data Programmer

Mr. Jack Wierengo (CTR), Database Administrator

Capt Ian P. MacDonald, Research Analyst

Dr. Michael R. LaForest, Analyst

Dr. Kristopher A. Deming, Analyst

Maj Andy Passey, Analyst

Mr. Robert West, Economist

Mr. Jacob Jackson (CTR), Research Assistant

Mrs. Barbara R. Cook, Resource Manager/Budget Analyst


Dr. Nathan Wozny


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