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

  • Commentary

    Is College Worth the Expense? Yes, It Is

    May 22, 2017

    Many American students struggle with the soaring cost of higher education. And for many college students, debt can have severe negative implications. But on balance, the benefits of a college degree appear to outweigh the costs.

  • Commentary

    Tired but Wired Youth: A Toxic Combination

    May 18, 2017

    The recent death of a South Carolina teen, reportedly of a caffeine overdose, is both tragic and avoidable. It should be a wake-up call for all Americans. Getting sufficient sleep should be a top health priority.

  • Commentary

    Professional Expectations, Families and Brexit Shape Future for UK International Researchers

    May 5, 2017

    Mobility has become an even higher priority for researchers since the results of the UK’s EU referendum, Brexit. To continue to attract and keep top talent, the UK needs to understand how and why researchers move between countries.

  • Essay

    Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: What You Need to Know

    May 2, 2017

    The countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea are facing unprecedented stress. A former lieutenant with the Italian Navy is now a RAND researcher, working to help others appreciate the scope of the crisis.

  • Journal Article

    Who You Are Predicts What You Eat More Than Where You Shop

    Apr 25, 2017

    Who a person is may matter more than where they shop in predicting their consumption of unhealthy food. This suggests that focusing on opening more stores that sell healthy food will have little impact on reducing consumption of unhealthy food.

  • Commentary

    Why Early School Start Times Are a Threat to Public Health

    Apr 20, 2017

    Sleep-deprived teens are more likely to be involved in motor vehicle crashes and to abuse drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes — all of which are public health concerns. But delaying school start times remains challenging for many districts.

  • Commentary

    Giving State Educators What They Need to Stand Apart—and Together

    Apr 4, 2017

    States have an opportunity to provide better instructional materials to teachers hungry for more resources aligned with state standards. By focusing on what they agree students should learn, states could work together to build curricula and shore up other key supports.

  • Report

    Use of Open Educational Resources in an Era of Common Standards

    Mar 27, 2017

    EngageNY Curricula is commonly used in New York—in part due to educators' desire to help students meet state standards. Survey data shows EngageNY gives students more opportunities to engage in standards-aligned practices compared with other materials.

  • Commentary

    The Urgent Need for an Education Plan in Mosul

    Mar 27, 2017

    In addition to restoring Mosul's damaged infrastructure, efforts to stabilize the city must include a plan to rebuild education. Students need to make up years of missed K-12 and university education, and ISIS indoctrination needs to be undone.

  • Commentary

    On 'Hidden Figures' and Being the Only Woman in the Room

    Mar 12, 2017

    RAND's Susan Marquis discusses the three brilliant African-American women depicted in the film Hidden Figures, the critical role of women in RAND's history, and more.

  • Commentary

    Community Colleges Can Be 'First Responders' in Retraining Displaced Workers

    Feb 16, 2017

    Many of the occupations with the most opportunities require two-year degrees or certificates. Community colleges play a key role in training students for these jobs and offer a supportive environment for displaced and dissatisfied workers.

  • Report

    The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Early Childhood in New Hampshire

    Feb 15, 2017

    Stakeholders in the public and private sectors in New Hampshire have been focused on investments in young children. What do they need to know?

  • Commentary

    Body Cameras on Teachers Are Not the Answer to Classroom Management

    Feb 13, 2017

    Teachers at two schools in England are wearing body cameras as part of a pilot program aimed at stopping classroom disruption. How they use the cameras could be counter-productive and may even escalate disruptive situations.

  • Commentary

    Why a Travel Restriction Won't Stop Terrorism at Home

    Feb 10, 2017

    It's not unreasonable to seek a review of immigration, and refugee-vetting procedures make sense. But America's jihadist terrorists are not imported from abroad. They are mostly homegrown.

  • Multimedia

    Will Banning Travelers and Refugees Make Us Safer?

    Feb 9, 2017

    In this Call with the Experts, RAND's Brian Michael Jenkins, one of the nation's leading experts on terrorism and homeland security, discusses what we know about the perpetrators of terrorism in the United States.

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