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

    Help Syria Avoid a 'Lost Generation'

    Jul 17, 2015

    Young Syrian refugees are brimming with potential, but lack the educational and livelihood pathways through which to channel their energy and aspirations. As the international community looks for ways to end the violence in the region, it must not overlook the plight or the potential of these children.

  • Report

    The Economic Impact of Achievement Gaps in PA Public Schools

    Jul 13, 2015

    Although Pennsylvania ranks high among U.S. states in average student performance, the achievement gaps between students classified by race-ethnicity, economic status, and parent education are among the widest nationally. Race-ethnic academic achievement gaps amount to an estimated annual cost of $1 to $3 billion in lost earnings.

  • Commentary

    Family Planning Must Be Part of the Humanitarian Response in Africa's Conflict Zones

    Jul 1, 2015

    Worldwide, nearly 800 women die every day due to mostly preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. More than half of these deaths occur in fragile states torn by armed conflict and generalized violence.

  • Testimony

    Admitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Void and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat

    Jun 24, 2015

    The deeply intertwined wars in Syria and Iraq continue to impact U.S. national security. Based on threats posed by a number of terrorist groups in the region, it's important to examine potential risks from increased refugee flows and ensure that the U.S. refugee program safeguards national security.

  • Commentary

    Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Jun 16, 2015

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. How might public policy help accomplish this?

  • Announcement

    Community Partners in Care Receives Accolade

    Jun 10, 2015

    Community Partners in Care, a partnership that uses a unique approach to improve depression care in under-resourced communities, has received the 2015 Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Award.

  • Commentary

    What Does the Future Hold for A-Fib?

    Jun 2, 2015

    Longer-term thinking, enhanced public awareness, and more thorough engagement among stakeholders are critical components of a strategy to deal with atrial fibrillation.

  • Commentary

    How to Solve the Mediterranean's Migrant Crisis

    May 28, 2015

    Destroying smugglers' vessels could contribute to reducing illegal migration and impact the business model that makes smuggling so profitable. But it won't stop smuggling altogether.

  • Report

    Comparing Higher Education Entrance Qualifications and Exams in Europe

    May 11, 2015

    The EU considers higher education obliged to help improve the acquisition of skills necessary for economic growth. An analysis of admission systems across ten countries recommends ways to tackle the increasing demand for university education in an era of declining resources.

  • Commentary

    Wellbeing Project to Weave Science Into Government Decisions

    Apr 29, 2015

    Wellbeing is about individuals having the skills and opportunity to live a meaningful life. There are countless things that cities do that either contribute or detract from that sense of meaning. Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project is working to fundamentally change how the government thinks about its citizens.

  • Blog

    Scientific Workforce Diversity: A Conversation with Raynard Kington

    Apr 28, 2015

    Grinnell College president and RAND alumnus Raynard Kington discusses the need for—and reality of—diversity in the biomedical scientific workforce.

  • Tool

    Community Resilience: LEARN and TELL Toolkit

    Apr 24, 2015

    The LEARN and TELL Community Resilience Toolkit teaches people about community resilience so that they can teach others and—ultimately—help their communities remain strong in the face of economic downturns, violence, weather-related disasters, and other community stressors.

  • Commentary

    What Does It Take to Rescue Migrants at Sea?

    Apr 23, 2015

    EU leaders gathered today for an emergency summit to discuss a concerted response to the humanitarian disaster unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea. As a former officer serving aboard an Italian Navy warship deployed in Operation Mare Nostrum in Nov. 2013, Giacomo Persi Paoli is well aware of the challenges.

  • Report

    Most CA Residents Facing Psychological Distress Do Not See the Public as Supportive

    Apr 23, 2015

    In a survey of California residents facing psychological distress, only 41 percent believe that people are caring and sympathetic to those with mental illnesses, and 81 percent believe that those with mental illness experience high levels of prejudice and discrimination.

  • Tool

    Disaster Resilience Skills for Youth

    Apr 22, 2015

    This guide introduces high school youth to key principles of community resilience through youth-friendly talking points and a scavenger hunt game.

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