Labor, Population and Demographics Issues

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Recent Findings

  • Report

    Rethinking Coordination of Services to Refugees in Urban Areas

    Apr 27, 2016

    The vast majority of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, not camps. What can be done to improve the coordination of international and national entities managing the refugee response in urban areas in Jordan and Lebanon?

  • Commentary

    What Is Being Done in Europe to Get Mothers Back to Work?

    Apr 26, 2016

    Helping mothers get back to work has many benefits. It supports women's economic independence, helps reduce the gender pay gap, and boosts the economy. Perhaps most importantly, it could keep more children out of poverty.

  • Blog

    Special Ops Women: A Conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    Apr 26, 2016

    Best-selling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses how recent conflicts changed the role of U.S. military women, the missing story about women in uniform, and more.

  • Commentary

    Understanding and Addressing the Unaccompanied Minor Immigration Issue

    Apr 22, 2016

    The number of unaccompanied child immigrants apprehended at the U.S. southwest border is on the rise again, the majority of them coming not from Mexico, but from Central America. Research could provide valuable information to policymakers as they try to find ways to help young immigrants.

  • Commentary

    Solutions for Educating Young Syrian Refugees

    Apr 21, 2016

    Traditional refugee responses rely mainly on U.N. agencies and NGOs to implement programs. But other untapped resources — such as social media and technology companies, other private sector actors, and the refugees themselves — also have the capacity to deliver needed solutions to social problems such as education.

  • Commentary

    The High Stakes of 'Soft Skills'

    Apr 7, 2016

    With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Congress is broadening what it considers success when it comes to judging school quality. One potential new indicator being discussed in some states is social and emotional learning, which has been linked to success later in life.

  • Commentary

    Matching and Migration: Lessons from a Resettlement Program in Indonesia

    Apr 5, 2016

    With careful planning, resettlement remains a feasible and politically attractive option for coping with environmentally-induced migration in many settings. The lessons from Indonesia's Transmigration program can help inform ongoing resettlement planning.

  • Commentary

    Women in Special Security Forces: What the U.S. Can Learn from the Afghans

    Mar 28, 2016

    The contributions of the women in Afghanistan's special security forces demonstrate the unique value that women can bring to special operations forces in socially conservative societies. They are successful in tactical roles and in operations requiring interaction with the community.

  • Commentary

    After Decades of Conflict, Learning to Reap the Benefits of Taxes in Northern Uganda

    Mar 17, 2016

    A women's community organization is trying to get Ugandans to pay taxes while teaching them how to get the local government to spend tax money on improving public services. The post-conflict regions of northern Uganda need more health care, legal services, psychological support, and counseling.

  • Commentary

    Tracking Refugees with Biometrics: More Questions Than Answers

    Mar 9, 2016

    Using biometrics in refugee crises is compelling because it gives individuals who have nothing proof of identity even without a government-issued credential like an ID card or passport. But who has rights to the U.N. biometrics database and what is its future?

  • Commentary

    Community Resilience Is Key in the Aftermath of Flint's Lead Water Crisis

    Mar 9, 2016

    For Flint to recover from this latest disaster, it will be critical for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to invest in and implement strategies to build on existing community resilience and strengthen Flint's ability to bounce back.

  • Essay

    Learning from One City's Effort to Transform Community

    Mar 8, 2016

    RAND researchers have partnered with the city of Santa Monica, California to redefine not just how cities measure success, but how they assess their very purpose for being. This “Wellbeing Index” posits that cities can improve not just the safety and comfort of their residents, but also their happiness.

  • Report

    What Are the Potential Impacts of State-Level Immigration Policies?

    Mar 8, 2016

    The expanding role of U.S. states in immigration policy raises questions about the consequences of state-level action. A cost-benefit framework identifies the economic and fiscal impacts of state-level immigration policies and how different stakeholders would be affected.

  • Commentary

    Technology Is Only Part of Personalized Learning

    Mar 4, 2016

    The concept of personalized learning has gained favor in recent years, partly because new technology applications help to facilitate it. But those who characterize this instructional approach as “students just using computers or other devices” are greatly oversimplifying it.

  • Report

    Exploring Funding Allocations to Best Support Louisiana's Flood Risk and Resilience

    Mar 1, 2016

    States that have recently experienced a presidentially declared major disaster can apply for funds through the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition. For Louisiana's application, RAND provided a quantitative analysis of baseline flood risks under different amounts of investment in three parishes.