Labor, Population and Demographics Issues

This page offers an easy way for policymakers to access labor, population and demographics research and analysis that is relevant to current Congressional agendas. For additional information, to request documents, or to arrange a briefing, contact the RAND Office of Congressional Relations at ocr@rand.org or (703) 413-1100 x5395.

Recent Findings

  • Blog

    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Blog

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Aug 25, 2014

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

  • Blog

    Women's Menstrual Hygiene in India: The Health and Environmental Implications

    Aug 22, 2014

    According to India's 2011 census, 89 percent of the nation's rural population lives in households that lack toilets. This absence of proper sanitation presents public health challenges and affects Indian women disproportionately.

  • Blog

    Flexibility Is Key in Administration's Call for Teacher Equity Plans

    Aug 22, 2014

    Thirteen years of research have clarified that metrics like teacher experience and licensure reveal little about teachers' impact on student learning. The focus should be on disadvantaged students' access to effective teachers.

  • Blog

    Pardee RAND Promotes Diversity in Public Policy Through Summer Faculty Workshop

    Aug 20, 2014

    The Pardee RAND summer faculty workshop aims to help scholars who teach at historically black colleges and universities strengthen their approach to research and bring new analytic thinking, tools, and practices back to their students, inspiring them to pursue graduate education and careers in public policy.

  • Blog

    The Price for Student Satisfaction and Success in Higher Education

    Aug 14, 2014

    Choosing the right university and the best course of study is one of the most important decisions young people and parents will make. Not everyone makes the right decision. Of the wide range of factors involved in choosing a university, how important are university tuition fees to young people and their parents?

  • Blog

    Response to 'Study on Parental Longevity Is Short on Causation'

    Aug 11, 2014

    The possible effects of families on health and mortality is an extremely complex topic. No single study or type of study is exactly a test of the argument. We need more studies that advance possible interpretations and describe patterns of associations in broad populations of interest.

  • Blog

    The Silicon Valley Tech Industry Can Help Crime Victims

    Aug 11, 2014

    A broader approach is needed to better address the needs of millions of American victims of crimes like sexual assault, family violence, financial exploitation, gun violence, identity theft, burglary and stalking. And that's where Silicon Valley's tech community can step up.

  • Report

    Examining Competency-Based Education

    Aug 4, 2014

    Competency-based education meets students where they are academically, provides them opportunities for choice, and awards them credit for evidence of learning, not time spent studying a subject. Researchers identify lessons for policy, partnerships, and practice regarding this approach.

  • Journal Article

    Do College-Educated Children Lengthen Parents' Lifespan?

    Aug 1, 2014

    Initial findings suggest highly educated children contribute to the parents' longevity. Encouraging better parental health habits, providing access to resources and information, and delivering higher-quality care are some possible explanations for this correlation.

  • Blog

    Summer Reading for Congress

    Jul 31, 2014

    No matter how policymakers spend their break—meeting with home-state constituents, traveling abroad with congressional delegations, or spending time with family—this summer reading list contains policy ideas that can help them hit the ground running when they return.

  • Blog

    Demographics Add Urgency for Action on Dementia Long-Term Care

    Jul 28, 2014

    Dementia takes a huge toll on those afflicted with it but also has major consequences for those who must care for them. More than 15 million Americans provide care for loved ones with dementia—tending to their daily, routine needs and ensuring their medical needs are met.

  • Blog

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Jul 14, 2014

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

  • Blog

    Parallel Caregiver Crises, Military and Civilian

    Jul 9, 2014

    Among American caregivers, there are two expanding populations: those caring for military servicemembers struggling with physical or emotional wounds of war and those looking after people with dementia. Both face incalculable financial stresses and threats to their own health as a result of their caregiving roles.

  • Blog

    Ask Me Anything: Catherine Augustine on Summer Learning

    Jul 3, 2014

    With summer now underway, RAND's Catherine Augustine hosted an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit, answering questions about year-round schooling, how to get the most out of summer learning programs, and more.

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