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 or (703) 413-1100 x5395.

Recent Findings

  • Journal Article

    Do Neighborhood Characteristics Affect Sleep Quality?

    Dec 1, 2016

    Perceptions of a neighborhood's characteristics, such as safety, were associated with sleep quality among low-income African American adults, but objective characteristics, such as crime rates, were not.

  • Report

    One-Stop Social Services Efforts May Improve Community College Outcomes

    Nov 30, 2016

    Students participating in programs that provide a comprehensive range of support services are more likely to persist in attending community college.

  • Commentary

    Finding the 'Sweet Spot' in the UK Minimum Wage Debate

    Nov 28, 2016

    Increases in the UK national minimum wages have not had adverse effects on employment overall. But it's important that the new national living wage and minimum wage aren’t increased to a point that is unsustainable for businesses.

  • Commentary

    America's Shifting Labor Market in a Technology-Driven World

    Nov 25, 2016

    Making America competitive in a transitioning market will require examination of future labor market requirements. Workforce development programs that target building labor capacity for a new economy will be essential.

  • Commentary

    To Increase Diversity in Tech, We Need to Rethink What 'Tech' Is

    Nov 17, 2016

    The tech sector is a driving force for high-skill, high-wage job creation in the United States, but too few women and minorities reap the gains. Rethinking what defines today's tech jobs, along with greater investment in public-private partnerships, could go a long way toward bridging the diversity gap.

  • Blog

    Who Wins Globalization?

    Nov 14, 2016

    While more needs to be done for those who once worked in industries such as furniture manufacturing, where essentially all activity has moved to lower-cost nations, the U.S. is starting to see an increase in manufacturing activity because of new types of technological advances.

  • Commentary

    The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

    Nov 9, 2016

    Most neighborhood parks are underutilized, especially in the mornings and on weekdays. But with a modest amount of redesign, investment, and marketing, parks could lead more people to engage in routine physical activity.

  • Commentary

    Why Being a Migrant Is Not the Biggest Barrier to Education in Europe

    Oct 31, 2016

    Migrant children tend to have lower educational performance and are more likely to leave school early than native children. However, other factors can explain the differences, such as language barriers, socioeconomic disadvantages, or a lack of parental engagement with the child's education.

  • Report

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    Oct 26, 2016

    An evaluation of a fall prevention intervention found no significant reduction in health care costs or emergency room visits for fall-related injuries.

  • Journal Article

    Where Do Food Desert Residents Buy Most of Their Junk Food? Supermarkets

    Oct 20, 2016

    Households in a food desert bought most of their food and beverages—healthy and unhealthy—at full-service supermarkets.

  • Journal Article

    The Costs of Reintroducing Border Controls in Europe

    Oct 13, 2016

    The Schengen Agreement in 1985 led to the end of border controls across 26 European nations. Reintroducing these controls would cost billions of euros in economic costs. Social and political costs would also be substantial.

  • Commentary

    Pitfalls of Predictive Policing

    Oct 11, 2016

    The Chicago Police Department's predictive policing program didn't work. To achieve even a 5 percent drop in the city's homicide rate, enormous leaps in both prediction and intervention effectiveness are necessary.

  • Essay

    Election 2016: The International Issues

    Oct 7, 2016

    America's next president will face challenges that test the fundamentals of world order. RAND experts have outlined key decisions, the dangers involved, and the least-bad options that now often pass for good ones.

  • Essay

    Election 2016: The Domestic Issues

    Oct 3, 2016

    RAND offers a unique take on the big domestic issues facing America: research that is independent, reliable, and rigorously nonpartisan.

  • Journal Article

    To Educate or to Incarcerate: Examining Disparities in School Discipline

    Sep 30, 2016

    Several factors contribute to disparities in office referral, suspension, and expulsion in high schools. Helping students engage in school may protect against disproportionate school discipline.