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

    Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    May 19, 2016

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them.

  • Commentary

    A Different Kind of Refugee Crisis

    May 16, 2016

    In Jordan and Lebanon, middle-income countries with robust public sectors where a significant Syrian population may be present for years to come, solutions should be more about supporting the expansion of existing national public services, rather than creating new, internationally run parallel services.

  • Commentary

    Expo Line Could Enhance Wellbeing in Santa Monica

    May 6, 2016

    On May 20, the long-awaited Metro Expo Line will begin service to Santa Monica. Viewing urban mobility as a key component of community wellbeing may be an instructive way to assess the impact of Expo and other infrastructure efforts.

  • Essay

    Taking the American Pulse This Election Season

    May 4, 2016

    For the past decade, a unique RAND survey has asked Americans how they feel about the economic crisis, health care reform, and more. Now, it's focused on the 2016 presidential election.

  • 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

    Approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees are school-age children. They face a slew of struggles, not the least of which is the lack of education that they need to move forward in life. What can be done to improve the access to and quality of refugee education?

  • Journal Article

    Rethinking Indonesia's Informal Sector

    Apr 18, 2016

    Indonesia's informal labor sector accounts for a significant portion of total economic activity. New data shows most informal firms in Indonesia are small, relatively unproductive, and do not want to expand or pay taxes.

  • 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?

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