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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  • Multimedia

    L.A.'s Homelessness Crisis

    Feb 2, 2016

    About 26,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the city of Los Angeles. In this Events @ RAND Podcast, experts address what local governments, the private sector, and foundations are doing to address this crisis, especially as strong El Niño storms are expected this winter and spring.

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    Carl Bildt on Brexit, the Future of Europe and the Migrant Crisis

    Jan 28, 2016

    Former Swedish Prime Minister and Foreign Minster Carl Bildt talks to the BBC's Evan Davis about the possibility of the UK leaving the EU, and the migrant crisis.

  • Commentary

    Why Access to In-Work Benefits Is a Hard Nut to Crack in the UK's EU Negotiations

    Jan 25, 2016

    Likely opposition from EU member states and a lack of evidence over EU migrants coming to the UK to access benefits could put Prime Minister Cameron in a difficult negotiating position in seeking to change the rules on welfare benefits.

  • Commentary

    What to Do About Informal Employment in Developing Countries

    Jan 22, 2016

    The staying power of informal employment in developing countries is a concern, because informal employees (e.g., day laborers) tend to receive lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer legal protections. How can policymakers improve conditions for informal workers?

  • Commentary

    Battered by War, Syrian Refugee Kids Need to Be Taught

    Jan 15, 2016

    More than 700,000 Syrian refugee children are not receiving formal education. Host countries are struggling to create enough spaces to accommodate them in schools, and there are no formal programs to teach children who have missed years of instruction.

  • Blog

    State of the Union 2016: Insights on Obama's Last Address

    Jan 13, 2016

    RAND research, analysis, and expertise provide context for many of the issues discussed in President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address, including the threat of ISIS, global climate change, and bringing peace to Syria.

  • Commentary

    Book Review: 'Women at War'

    Dec 21, 2015

    Today, women represent approximately 15 percent of the U.S. military but research on their specific physical and psychological health issues has remained relatively sparse. A new book, Women at War, attempts to change that.

  • Multimedia

    A Peace Plan for Syria

    Dec 16, 2015

    Experts discuss, “A Peace Plan for Syria," a new RAND paper suggesting that the best chance for peace in Syria is for external parties to persuade stakeholders to accept a ceasefire, with further negotiations on a political settlement to follow later.

  • Commentary

    Saving Lives After Tragedy

    Dec 14, 2015

    Natural and man-made mass-casualty incidents are a growing threat. Evaluating successes and shortcomings after each crisis can contribute to the design and implementation of robust and resilient response systems and ensure the best possible outcomes for individuals and impacted communities.

  • Commentary

    To Undermine ISIS, We Should Welcome Syrian Refugees

    Dec 3, 2015

    Demonstrating American goodwill to Syrian refugees is the best way to help defeat ISIS and rehabilitate America's image in the chaotic Middle East.

  • Report

    How the Syrian Refugee Crisis Can Improve Jordan's Outlook

    Nov 30, 2015

    Syrian refugees might benefit the Jordanian economy by stimulating growth. Donors and lenders have increased their support to Jordan, in turn offering the government an opportunity to improve the lives of both refugees and Jordanian citizens.

  • 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.

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