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Robert M. McNab
Mail Code: 64/MB
Global Public Policy Academic Group &
Defense Resources Management Institute
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3132
Email: rmmcnab (at)
PhD - Georgia State University, 2001
BA - California State University, Stanislaus, 1991
  • 2009-present: Associate Professor of Economics, Global Public Policy Academic Group (Joint Appointment)
  • 2006-present: Associate Professor of Economics (Joint Appointment), Defense Resources Management Institute
  • 2000-2006: Assistant Professor of Economics, Defense Resources Management Institute
  • 2001 - 2004 Adjunct Professor of Economics, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • 2001 Adjunct Professor of Economics Cabrillio College
  • 1995 - 2000 Research Associate, Policy Research Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
  • 1996 - 1998 Consultant, The World Bank: Multi-Year Budgeting for the Russian Federation Revenue Forecasting for the Republic of Croatia
  • 1996 - 1996 Consultant, Harvard Institute for International Development, Revenue Forecasting for the City of Moscow
  • Economics
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Economics of Development
  • Economics of Conflict
  • Public Budgeting
  • Economics of the public sector
  • Economics of defense
  • Fiscal decentralization
  • Corruption and democratic governance
  • Program, Performance, and Capabilities Based Budgeting
  • Economics of security and sustainment operations
  • Research Excellence Award. Defense Resources Management Institute, Naval Postgraduate School. 2001-2003
  • Graduate Teaching Assistance Award. Department of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University. 2000
  • American Economic Association
  • Association for Comparative Economic Studies
  • National Tax Association
  • International Institute of Public Finance
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • • McNab, R. and Amara, J. (2010). Is Iraq Different? An Examination of Whether Civilian Fatalities Adhere to the “Law of War” in the 2003-2008 Iraq Conflict. Forthcoming. Defense and Security Analysis.
  • • McNab, R. and R. Scott (2009). Non-Lethal Weapons and the Long-Tail of Warfare. (2009). Small Wars and Insurgencies 20 (1), 141-159.
  • • Everhart, S., J. Martinez-Vazquez, and R. McNab (2009). Corruption, Governance, Investment, and Growth in Emerging Markets. Applied Economics 41 (13), 1579-1594.
  • • Looney, R. and R. McNab. (2008). Can Economic Liberalization and Improved Governance: Alter The Defense-Growth Trade-Off? Review of Financial Economics 17 (3), 172-182.
  • • Looney, R. and R. McNab. (2008). Pakistan’s Economic and Security Dilemma: Expanded Defense Expenditures and the Relative Governance Syndrome. Contemporary South Asia 16 (1), 63-82.
  • • Henderson, D., R. McNab, and T. Rozas (2008). “Did Inequality Increase in Transition? An Analysis of the Transitional Countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.” Eastern European Economics, 46 (2), 29-50.
  • Keywords: Public budgeting, public finance, fiscal decentralization, corruption, governance

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