Labor, Population and Demographics Issues

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  • Commentary

    Community Colleges Can Be 'First Responders' in Retraining Displaced Workers

    Feb 16, 2017

    Many of the occupations with opportunities require two-year degrees or certificates, such as those in health care and technology. Community colleges play a key role in training students for these jobs, and offer an environment that is supportive of displaced and dissatisfied workers.

  • Report

    Investing in Early Childhood

    Feb 15, 2017

    Public investments in young children in New Hampshire include such programs as home visiting in the first few years of life, subsidized child care, and early learning programs. The state could benefit from expanding investments targeted at children in lower-income families and other at-risk children.

  • Commentary

    Body Cameras on Teachers Are Not the Answer to Classroom Management

    Feb 13, 2017

    Teachers in two England schools are participating in a pilot program of wearing cameras to stop pupil disruption. How they use the cameras could be counter-productive and may actually escalate situations in the classroom. Other methods to control challenging pupils will likely work better.

  • Commentary

    Why a Travel Restriction Won't Stop Terrorism at Home

    Feb 10, 2017

    It's not unreasonable to seek a review of immigration, and refugee-vetting procedures make sense. But America's jihadist terrorists are not imported from abroad. They are mostly homegrown.

  • Multimedia

    Will Banning Travelers and Refugees Make Us Safer?

    Feb 9, 2017

    In this Call with the Experts, RAND's Brian Michael Jenkins, one of the nation's leading experts on terrorism and homeland security, discusses what we know about the perpetrators of terrorism in the United States.

  • Commentary

    Stabilizing Mosul After the Battle Against ISIS

    Feb 9, 2017

    U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have retaken the east bank of Mosul and are planning to take the west soon. The military operations that oust ISIS are crucial to the city's liberation but failing to get the civilian response right risks a widening civil war.

  • Research Brief

    Exploring America's Role in a Turbulent World

    Jan 18, 2017

    The post–Cold War era is over. The United States faces new challenges abroad and rising political polarization at home. How should America advance its interests and pursue new opportunities around the world?

  • Report

    Domestic Political Discord Is Now the Greatest Threat to U.S. Global Leadership

    Jan 18, 2017

    The United States needs a coherent international strategy for today's turbulent world. But this will be hard to pursue without more domestic political consensus on America's global role.

  • Report

    Effects of the ACA's Medicaid Expansion on Health Insurance Enrollment

    Dec 29, 2016

    Increases in insurance coverage were larger in states that expanded Medicaid, but take-up was lower among men, Hispanics, and adults under 36.

  • Commentary

    Curbing Globalization Won't Halt the Rise of Inequality

    Dec 14, 2016

    Globalization may be one of many factors driving inequality. But ending trade agreements and throwing up trade barriers is unlikely to stop this trend.

  • 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.

  • Journal Article

    Youth Exposure to Online Alcohol Ads

    Nov 28, 2016

    Exposure to online alcohol advertisements is linked to drinking behavior. What factors are associated with youth exposure to these online ads?

  • Commentary

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

    Nov 25, 2016

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

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