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

  • Report

    How Might Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly Affect the U.S. Military?

    Jun 30, 2016

    The Department of Defense recently announced that it will allow transgender personnel to serve openly. The number of transgender members will likely be a small fraction of the total force and have minimal impact on readiness and health care costs.

  • Commentary

    Young Workers Without College Degrees Face Uncomfortable Truths

    Jun 23, 2016

    Young Americans without a college education suffer from high unemployment, low earnings, and delayed adulthood with a limited ability to buy a home. To help them, policymakers need to remind themselves that workforce training and labor policy must focus on the technology-driven jobs of tomorrow.

  • Commentary

    Integrating STEM Learning in Early Childhood Education

    Jun 19, 2016

    Children can understand concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), they enjoy exploring them, and early development of STEM skills seems to support learning later in life. But an effective teaching system is needed before STEM learning can be fully integrated into early childhood education.

  • Report

    Americans Are More Ideologically Similar Than Different

    Jun 19, 2016

    Despite the increasingly polarized tone of U.S. politics, most Americans answer similarly on most questions of political belief.

  • Report

    Improving Teaching Effectiveness

    Jun 6, 2016

    The Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative seeks to determine whether a school can implement a high-quality measure of teaching effectiveness and use it to support and manage teachers in ways that improve student outcomes. The teacher reforms are showing signs of progress in seven sites.

  • Commentary

    Good (Fast) Food as a Vehicle for Social Change

    Jun 1, 2016

    Neighborhood by neighborhood, a few dozen jobs at a time, two celebrity chefs are tackling complex and persistent public policy problems. They could succeed in their own way in communities where generations of government programs and charity have had limited impact.

  • Commentary

    Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    May 19, 2016

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them.

  • Report

    What Is the Private Sector's Role in Supporting Disaster Recovery?

    May 18, 2016

    The scope and scale of disasters are changing. This has altered how disaster management and financing are addressed. Businesses and nonprofits are increasingly central to the process, supporting immediate disaster response and contributing redevelopment funding that supports community recovery.

  • Journal Article

    First National Survey of Neighborhood Parks Shows Low Use by Adults, Seniors and Females

    May 18, 2016

    Although it is critically important for adults and seniors to engage in physical activity, most neighborhood parks have few programmed activities targeted to those groups. Adding enhancements such as walking loops could attract more visitors.

  • Commentary

    A Different Kind of Refugee Crisis

    May 16, 2016

    In Jordan and Lebanon, middle-income countries with robust public sectors where a significant Syrian population may be present for years to come, solutions should be more about supporting the expansion of existing national public services, rather than creating new, internationally run parallel services.

  • Commentary

    Expo Line Could Enhance Wellbeing in Santa Monica

    May 6, 2016

    On May 20, the long-awaited Metro Expo Line will begin service to Santa Monica. Viewing urban mobility as a key component of community wellbeing may be an instructive way to assess the impact of Expo and other infrastructure efforts.

  • Essay

    Taking the American Pulse This Election Season

    May 4, 2016

    For the past decade, a unique RAND survey has asked Americans how they feel about the economic crisis, health care reform, and more. Now, it's focused on the 2016 presidential election.

  • Report

    Rethinking Coordination of Services to Refugees in Urban Areas

    Apr 27, 2016

    The vast majority of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, not camps. What can be done to improve the coordination of international and national entities managing the refugee response in urban areas in Jordan and Lebanon?

  • Commentary

    What Is Being Done in Europe to Get Mothers Back to Work?

    Apr 26, 2016

    Helping mothers get back to work has many benefits. It supports women's economic independence, helps reduce the gender pay gap, and boosts the economy. Perhaps most importantly, it could keep more children out of poverty.

  • Blog

    Special Ops Women: A Conversation with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

    Apr 26, 2016

    Best-selling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses how recent conflicts changed the role of U.S. military women, the missing story about women in uniform, and more.

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