Featured Research

  • Will Heath Care Reform Affect Disability Insurance Claiming?

    Jul 10, 2014

    By enabling access to affordable private health insurance and expanding access to subsidized public health insurance, the Affordable Care Act alters the calculus of disability claiming decisions. Research offers empirical evidence that, on net, disability applications are likely to decrease.

  • Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Jul 2, 2014

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

  • License Plate Readers Are an Important Police Tool, but Hurdles Remain

    Jul 2, 2014

    Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility, and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential.

  • Youth in Jordan: Transitions from Education to Employment

    Jul 1, 2014

    Despite Jordan's strong economic growth during the last decade, youth unemployment remains high, as graduates don't possess the skills necessary for their desired professions. Numerous policy reforms could turn the tide.

  • Why Is Veteran Unemployment So High?

    Jun 26, 2014

    Between 2000 and 2011, younger veterans were on average 3.4 percentage points more likely to be unemployed than similarly situated younger nonveterans. However, this difference falls rapidly with age and time since military separation.

  • Five Steps to a Successful Workplace Wellness Program

    Jun 24, 2014

    Workplace wellness programs can reduce health risks, lower health care costs, and improve productivity — but all programs are not created equal. This toolkit presents a five-step guide for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a successful workplace wellness program.

  • What Can Be Done About Dementia?

    Jun 23, 2014

    Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.

  • Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint

    Jun 23, 2014

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring number of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.

  • Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the DHS

    Jun 20, 2014

    If the Department of Homeland Security is to overcome the challenges of uncertain threats and budget constraints, it will need strategic focus to direct resources where they are most needed, strong oversight to assure that resources are used effectively, and cooperation across government to improve efficiency.

  • Iran's Interests in Afghanistan Provide Opportunities for Cooperation with United States

    Jun 19, 2014

    Iran and U.S. relations have been strained but both countries want to see a stable Afghanistan free of Taliban control. In the event of a nuclear deal, Iran and the U.S. can work together to counter narcotics trafficking and resolve water disputes between the neighboring nations.

  • Shortage of Cybersecurity Professionals Poses Risk to National Security

    Jun 18, 2014

    Demand for trained cybersecurity professionals who work to protect organizations from cybercrime is high nationwide, but the shortage is particularly severe in the federal government, which does not offer salaries as high as the private sector.

  • Lessons from Past Response Operations Can Help Strengthen National Preparedness

    Jun 18, 2014

    For the nation to be prepared for large-scale events, the national preparedness system needs to effectively support the initially local responders who will always be the first on the scene.

  • Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage: Early Childhood Interventions and Progression to Higher Education in Europe

    Jun 12, 2014

    In the long term, early childhood education and care (ECEC) can boost the academic abilities of disadvantaged students, thus enabling them to pursue higher studies. Whether ECEC results in increased access to higher education remains to be seen.

  • Caring for Children in Europe: How Childcare, Parental Leave, and Flexible Working Arrangements Interact in Europe

    Jun 12, 2014

    Most parents in Europe combine a variety of methods to reconcile their working lives with childcare duties, and their arrangements are related to their preferences, the age of their children, and the labour market opportunities to which they have access.

  • Social Protection During the Economic Crisis: How Do Changes to Benefits Systems Affect Children?

    Jun 12, 2014

    The economic crisis and its widespread effects have increased poverty and social exclusion risks, notably through cuts in public spending leading to underinvestment in child-focused policies. However, EU authorities increasingly realise that the austerity measures affecting the expenditure on early intervention and preventive policies may result in greater public spending in the future.

  • Understanding the Impact of Differential University Fees in England

    Jun 12, 2014

    Despite tuition of up to £9000 per year for higher education institutions in England, applications continue to rise. Aside from tuition fees, employment prospects, living expenses, university location, and course quality are important influences on prospective students' university choices.

  • Mapping Gender Gaps in Health Care

    Jun 11, 2014

    Mapping regional rates of cholesterol screening among patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes reveals significant gender gaps: Women are often less likely to receive screenings.

  • The Days After a Deal with Iran: U.S. Policies of Hedging and Engaging

    Jun 10, 2014

    Is the emerging consensus on a set of policies toward Iran and U.S. regional partners the best approach? Or might these policies eliminate opportunities for the United States to alter the U.S.-Iran relationship — and potentially undercut support in Iran for the agreement?

  • The Days After a Deal with Iran

    Jun 10, 2014

    An analysis of the possible effects on Iranian foreign policy stemming from a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 details Rouhani's likely hopes for a post-deal foreign policy, the domestic constraints on his goals, and how a final deal might affect Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and the U.S.

  • Securing America's Ports

    Jun 4, 2014

    America's ports could be made more secure by improving the evaluation of port security programs; increasing the reliance on local risk assessments when awarding port security grants; and reconsidering the 100 percent container inspection mandate.