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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
  • Initial officer classification process
  • Blended Retirement System retention impacts
  • The Role of Pilot Networks on Retention
  • Analysis of Single Component Space Force Proposal
  • Valuation of Support of Military Families Criteria for Strategic Basing
  • Effect of Talent Marketplace on Retention

Col Pat White, Director

Dr. Nathan Wozny, Associate Director

Lt Col Adam Ackerman, Research 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. Jeff Peavy (CTR), System Administrator

Mr. Jack Wierengo (CTR), Database Administrator

Ms. Maria Quiros (CTR), Research Assistant


Dr. Nathan Wozny


OLEA is hiring faculty and staff positions. 

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