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.

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  • 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.

  • Blog

    Are Youth Putting Off Marriage Because of Their Student Loan Debt?

    Jun 26, 2014

    Women with higher loan balances may be less likely to get married than their peers with lower or no loan balances. But as time goes on, young adults adjust to their post-college financial situation and eventually get promotions, earn raises, obtain other assets, and get married.

  • Research Brief

    What Can Be Done About Dementia?

    Jun 23, 2014

    Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.

  • Report

    Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint

    Jun 23, 2014

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring number of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

  • Blog

    RAND Research Influences Debate on Terrorism Insurance

    Jun 19, 2014

    To inform the debate on whether the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) should be continued or allowed to expire, RAND prepared policy briefs on three topics of central concern to policymakers: national security perspectives, the impact on federal spending, and the impact on workers' compensation markets.

  • Report

    Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals Poses Risk to National Security

    Jun 18, 2014

    Demand for trained cybersecurity professionals who work to protect organizations from cybercrime is high nationwide, but the shortage is particularly severe in the federal government, which does not offer salaries as high as the private sector.

  • Report

    Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage: Early Childhood Interventions and Progression to Higher Education in Europe

    Jun 12, 2014

    In the long term, early childhood education and care (ECEC) can boost the academic abilities of disadvantaged students, thus enabling them to pursue higher studies. Whether ECEC results in increased access to higher education remains to be seen.

  • Blog

    3 Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Facts for Congress to Consider

    Jun 12, 2014

    With the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act set to expire this year, Congress is currently revisiting a crucial question: What is the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets? As the debate unfolds on Capitol Hill, policymakers should consider three key research findings.

  • Blog

    Narrowing the Income Achievement Gap

    Jun 12, 2014

    The achievement gap between children from the highest- and lowest-income families has substantially grown since 1960. The income achievement gap is now about twice the size of the black-white achievement gap.

  • Blog

    Four Approaches to Improve Higher Education in India Through Policies

    Jun 12, 2014

    In India, university enrolment has grown from 10 to 23 million from 2000 to 2013, and so has interest in improving access and quality. A review of research on higher-education policies on affirmative action, financial aid, private education, and vocational education identifies gaps in research on improving access and quality.

  • Blog

    First Steps Toward Addressing DR Congo's Rape Crisis

    Jun 11, 2014

    An effort to address atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen short of advocates' hopes for justice. With its focus on criminal prosecution, the strategy failed to consider the weak infrastructure of the judicial system, left victims' needs unmet, and did little to address prevention.

  • Multimedia

    The Future of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act: Expiration, Reauthorization, Modification

    Jun 11, 2014

    In this June 2014 Congressional Briefing, RAND experts presented findings from their recent work on the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and discuss the different outcomes if TRIA were to be reauthorized, modified, or allowed to expire.

  • Blog

    5 Steps to Decrease Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

    Jun 11, 2014

    Five steps could help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if you track your efforts: know your risk, increase physical activity, reduce sedentary time, improve nutrition, and get enough sleep.

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