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

  • Blog

    Location, Location, Location: Does the Food Desert Narrative Hold Up?

    Oct 28, 2014

    There's little rigorous evidence to support the notion that 'food deserts' are driving the U.S. obesity epidemic but this narrative has nearly become conventional wisdom. In response, stakeholders have poured hundreds of millions into bringing supermarkets to these neighborhoods.

  • Journal Article

    Cost of Informal Caregiving for U.S. Elderly Is $522 Billion Annually

    Oct 27, 2014

    The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the U.S. comes to $522 billion a year. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion.

  • Blog

    Solutions for Youth Employment: New Coalition Takes on Pervasive, Persistent Global Problem

    Oct 17, 2014

    Youth unemployment is a pervasive and persistent worldwide scourge: 75 million youth are unemployed now and that rate is expected to rise. RAND joined the World Bank, Accenture, International Youth Foundation, and others to form Solutions for Youth Employment, a unique coalition that acts to increase youth opportunities for productive employment.

  • Blog

    The Health Needs of Syrian Women in and around the Za'atari Refugee Camp

    Oct 13, 2014

    The Syrian conflict has been the main contributor to the largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide—and the problem can be expected to get worse as the fighting continues. Small steps are being taken to meet the needs of women refugees but more needs to be done.

  • Blog

    RAND Joins Coalition to Tackle Youth Unemployment

    Oct 9, 2014

    The RAND Corporation has joined the World Bank and other corporate and civil society leaders to establish Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition that acts to address the pervasive challenges of youth employment.

  • Blog

    How Schools Can Help Students with Traumatic Stress

    Oct 2, 2014

    Schools are in a unique position to recognize traumatic stress in children. But first, adults throughout the school system—teachers, staff, administrators, school resource officers, and parents—must be aware of the issue, know how to detect signs of trauma exposure, and create a supportive environment.

  • Blog

    How the Poor Can Take Charge to Improve Their Housing

    Sep 19, 2014

    Public housing projects have been controversial for decades in countries around the world. But an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, could serve as a guide for other countries experimenting with community-driven development, an alternative approach to public housing.

  • Journal Article

    What’s Inside the Neighborhood Store May Matter More Than Its Location

    Sep 18, 2014

    Placing supermarkets in food deserts to improve access may not be as important as offering better prices for healthy foods, actively marketing healthy foods, and helping consumers resist junk food appeals.

  • Blog

    In Ferguson's Wake, How a Data-Driven Approach Can Improve Police-Community Relations

    Sep 16, 2014

    Community leaders and police departments have a responsibility to their citizens to address questions about their policing practices, such as: What are the most significant areas of concern? How severe are the problems? What are the most effective solutions?

  • Journal Article

    Sexual Minorities in England Report Poorer Health and Worse Experiences with Health Care

    Sep 4, 2014

    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual women and men in England are more likely to suffer from poor health than the general population and are more likely to report unfavorable experiences with the health care they received in general practices. They are also two to three times more likely to report having a longstanding psychological or emotional problem than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Report

    Spillover from the Conflict in Syria

    Aug 28, 2014

    External military support, large numbers of refugees, and the fragility of neighboring states are factors that contribute directly to the spread of violence from civil war and insurgency in Syria. How do these factors affect Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan, and how can a spillover of violence be prevented?

  • Blog

    Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Blog

    Meeting the Caregivers Challenge

    Aug 25, 2014

    Ill or injured military personnel and veterans and people with dementia are unique populations, but they give us a preview of the enormous long-term care challenges Americans will face in the decades to come.

  • Blog

    Women's Menstrual Hygiene in India: The Health and Environmental Implications

    Aug 22, 2014

    According to India's 2011 census, 89 percent of the nation's rural population lives in households that lack toilets. This absence of proper sanitation presents public health challenges and affects Indian women disproportionately.

  • Blog

    Flexibility Is Key in Administration's Call for Teacher Equity Plans

    Aug 22, 2014

    Thirteen years of research have clarified that metrics like teacher experience and licensure reveal little about teachers' impact on student learning. The focus should be on disadvantaged students' access to effective teachers.

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