Labor, Population and Demographics Issues

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Recent Findings

  • Commentary

    France Is Right to Stay the Course

    Nov 25, 2015

    President Hollande announced that 30,000 Syrian refugees would be welcomed in France, honoring the commitment France made to its European partners before the Paris attacks. Altering its policy would only give the terrorists what they want.

  • Report

    Urgent Attention Is Needed to Improve Education for Syrian Refugee Children

    Nov 23, 2015

    Only half of Syrian refugee children have access to education, with nearly 700,000 not receiving any formal instruction in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Classes are overcrowded and teachers are inexperienced in handling classroom conditions that include traumatized students, some of whom have missed years of school.

  • Testimony

    What the Paris Attacks Mean for U.S. Strategy in Syria and Homeland Security

    Nov 19, 2015

    Events in the Middle East and Europe have direct implications for U.S. homeland security. And the attacks in Paris have increased pressure to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq. But Americans should consider the threat in context, and adjustments to U.S. strategy in Syria should only be a matter of degrees.

  • Testimony

    The Syrian Refugee Crisis and U.S. National Security

    Nov 19, 2015

    America has a long tradition of offering protection to refugees, and the threat from refugees has historically been relatively low. However, the government should continue to reassess its refugee program and ensure that it safeguards national security.

  • Multimedia

    The Paris Terror Attacks and Confronting ISIS

    Nov 18, 2015

    In this Call with the Experts, RAND terrorism expert Brian Michael Jenkins offers insights on ISIS's latest strategy and capabilities, how the West can fight it, and what the tragedy in Paris could mean for the Syrian refugee crisis.

  • Announcement

    Harold and Colene Brown Endow Faculty Chair at Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Nov 18, 2015

    The Harold and Colene Brown Faculty Chair will enable exceptional RAND researchers and faculty to be in residence at the school each year, allowing them to work on independent research and provide mentorship and guidance to students.

  • Commentary

    Insights on the Paris Terror Attacks from RAND Experts

    Nov 17, 2015

    RAND experts weigh in on what the wave of coordinated terror attacks across Paris means for France, the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, the global refugee crisis, and more.

  • Report

    Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning

    Nov 10, 2015

    Students at schools that offer personalized ways to learn (e.g., competency-based progression, flexible learning environments) made significant gains in mathematics and reading. Also, the lowest-performing students made substantial gains relative to their peers.

  • Commentary

    Policy Barriers to Best Practices in Women's Health

    Nov 6, 2015

    Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods of birth control, which include the intrauterine device and subdermal implant, are highly effective, very safe, preferable to women, and cost effective. But some states' contraceptive policies create direct and indirect barriers to LARC use.

  • Research Brief

    What Happens When a Food Desert Gets a Supermarket?

    Nov 3, 2015

    Introducing a new supermarket into a Pittsburgh “food desert” led to some improvements in residents' diets. However, most improvements were not linked to supermarket use.

  • Commentary

    Standardized Tests Can Be Smarter

    Nov 2, 2015

    Capping the amount of time students spend testing is a reasonable response to unchecked growth. However, a better response would be to systematically review testing programs, focusing on tests that offer the most value.

  • Journal Article

    New Findings on Food Deserts

    Nov 2, 2015

    In a neighborhood where a full-service grocery store opened after decades of absence, residents reported eating fewer calories and less sugar, perceived better access to healthy foods, and were more satisfied with their neighborhood. Yet, the changes in dietary intake were not related to use of the new store.

  • Commentary

    Sniping: Homeless Youths' High-Risk Smoking Practice

    Oct 29, 2015

    Any intervention to help homeless youth quit smoking must also address “sniping.” This high-risk activity involves scavenging cigarette butts and filters to make a “new” cigarette.

  • Report

    What Are Teachers' and Principals' Concerns About New State Tests?

    Oct 21, 2015

    Many U.S. states have recently made major changes to their K-12 testing programs. The media have reported growing dissatisfaction with the amount of testing and the use of tests in high-stakes decisions. So what concerns do educators have?

  • Commentary

    Five Options for the U.S. in Syria

    Oct 21, 2015

    How should the United States respond to Russia's intervention in Syria's civil war? Here are five options intended to encourage rational thinking based upon realistic presumptions, not media or campaign-driven hype.