Labor, Population and Demographics Issues

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Recent Findings

  • Commentary

    RAND Experts Q&A on the Fighting in Kunduz

    Oct 2, 2015

    The Taliban battled its way into the center of Kunduz this week, with media reports saying it seized control of the northern Afghanistan city at least for a time. A trio of RAND experts participated in a Q&A on the situation and its significance.

  • Commentary

    Adapting to a Hotter World

    Oct 2, 2015

    Because climate change is largely irreversible, mitigation alone won't solve the problem. While mitigation will prevent even greater, future climatic changes, adaptation — efforts to adjust to climate change's effects — will prepare the world for a new set of living conditions, whatever they may be.

  • Commentary

    In Latin America, Breaking the Cycle of Intimate-Partner Abuse One Handwritten Letter at a Time

    Sep 30, 2015

    Latin America has one of the highest rates of intimate-partner violence in the world, but a series of high-profile cases, including the murder of a journalist by her policeman husband, have propelled intimate-partner violence to the fore of Bolivia's public agenda.

  • Multimedia

    What You Need to Know About the Syrian Refugee Crisis

    Sep 29, 2015

    The flight of four million Syrians to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan—and now also Europe and beyond—has created the worst refugee crisis in modern history. In this Call with the Experts, Shelly Culbertson and Tom Ling discuss the human dimensions and policy ramifications.

  • Commentary

    Any Review of Syria and Iraq Strategy Needs Realistic Reappraisal

    Sep 28, 2015

    Since the American-led coalition bombing campaign began a year ago, ISIS has suffered some military setbacks and lost territory, but it also has been able to capture several more key cities in Iraq and Syria, and, despite the bombing, continues to attract a large number of foreign fighters.

  • Report

    The United States Faces a Gap Between Objectives and Reality in Syria and Iraq

    Sep 24, 2015

    There is a large gap between U.S. objectives and a realistic appreciation of the ongoing conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Frank appraisals of the situation in the region must inform U.S. objectives, even if such assessments defy Americans' sense of progress.

  • Multimedia

    The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

    Sep 21, 2015

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND expert John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as the issues that remain.

  • Commentary

    Syrian Refugees: All You Need to Know

    Sep 17, 2015

    The world can only absorb so many millions of refugees. The civil war in Syria demands a political solution facilitated by international leadership that will bring stability and enable refugees to return to home.

  • Commentary

    Putting a Human Face on the Refugee Crisis

    Sep 15, 2015

    By welcoming and accepting refugees, the West can send their oppressors a message about what it means to be a free democratic society.

  • Commentary

    Charging Older Adults Higher Premiums Could Cost Taxpayers

    Sep 15, 2015

    Under the Affordable Care Act, older adults cannot be charged more than three times as much as 21- to 24-year-olds for the same plan. Changing this rule to 5-to-1 may not be a cost-effective way to encourage enrollment among the young and healthy.

  • Commentary

    What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us About Community Resilience

    Sep 8, 2015

    Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction, death, and suffering in its wake. Its recovery, halting and incomplete as it has been, has taught us valuable lessons about resiliency.

  • Commentary

    One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Sep 4, 2015

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

  • Commentary

    How School Choice Could Disadvantage Low-Income Students

    Sep 1, 2015

    The flexibility to allow Title I-A funds to follow students across schools has a certain appeal. But it could have negative consequences for some of the poorest students.

  • Blog

    Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm

    Aug 27, 2015

    This weekend marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. As the region struggled to cope and rebuild after the storm, RAND experts worked on solutions to the region's long-term challenges.

  • Research Brief

    Reducing Cigarette Smoking Among Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

    Aug 27, 2015

    Heavy smoking and high-risk smoking practices are common among homeless youth. Most of those who smoke are interested in quitting, but they need assistance.