Research Analyst

Veldman is a statistical programmer with expertise in behavioral economics, cost-benefit analysis, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). His work at MDRC focuses on low- and moderate-income family initiatives, such as the SaveUSA program, which aimed to make the accumulation of emergency savings more attractive to low- to moderate-income families by providing a 50 percent savings matching incentive, and the Paycheck Plus program, which is investigating the impacts of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to low-income single workers without dependent children. Veldman also conducted a thorough cost-benefit analysis of the Opportunity NYC-Work Rewards program. Currently he is designing behavioral economics interventions and analyzing outcome data for the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services demonstration. Before joining MDRC, he worked as an environmental impact consultant and as an evaluation expert for international development projects at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Veldman earned his master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.