Featured Research

  • Sleep Deprivation Has Economic, Physical, and Social Consequences

    Nov 30, 2016

    Sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the workforce, putting a significant damper on a nation's economy.

  • Building a More Sustainable U.S. Blood System

    Nov 28, 2016

    Medical advances have dramatically reduced demand for blood, putting financial stress on blood centers. How can policymakers ensure the safety and sustainability of the blood supply?

  • 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?

  • Toward a Sustainable Blood Supply in the United States

    Nov 28, 2016

    While the U.S. blood system continues to function well, more government oversight may be needed to safeguard the future of the blood supply and prevent blood shortages from posing a risk to the public's health.

  • Political Challenges to the U.S. Overseas Military Presence

    Nov 21, 2016

    The U.S. military depends on access to overseas bases to project power around the world. Political challenges to access have been common, but the threat has often been overstated.

  • Knowledge About Health Insurance and Finance Linked to Higher Rates of Health Coverage

    Nov 17, 2016

    Uninsured individuals who knew more about health insurance and finance were more likely to gain coverage under the ACA. Policies and programs aiming to reduce the numbers of uninsured should consider the financial literacy and health insurance knowledge of the groups they are trying to reach.

  • Education of EU Migrant Children in EU Member States

    Nov 17, 2016

    There are clear disparities in educational performance between EU migrants and non-migrants and expected life chance outcomes. Member states are implementing a number of measures with promising results. Building a strong evidence base could help determine what works when responding to EU-migrant children's educational needs.

  • Twenty Percent of U.S. Consumers Still Consider Landlines Important

    Nov 17, 2016

    The predicted death of the landline telephone may be premature. Twenty percent of American households surveyed still think having a landline telephone is most important. Among the majority, mobile telephone service was considered the most important, followed by fixed internet service.

  • Shaping the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    Nov 16, 2016

    More than 90 percent of car crashes are caused by human errors. Will self-driving vehicles help mitigate this risk? To answer this question, experts must address how safety is measured and determine the threshold of safety required before autonomous vehicles are on the roads.

  • How an Independent Kurdistan Might Impact Its Neighbors

    Nov 14, 2016

    The Kurds make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never formed a permanent nation state. If the Kurdish region of northern Iraq were to declare its independence, the move would create political and economic problems for Turkey, Iran, and the Iraqi central government.

  • Retail Medical Care Clinics Do Not Reduce ER Visits

    Nov 14, 2016

    There has been hope that retail clinics would help lower health care costs by diverting care from costly emergency departments to more convenient and lower-cost retail clinics, but new findings do not support that idea.

  • The Evolving Role of Retail Clinics

    Nov 10, 2016

    Retail clinics are playing a growing role in the health care marketplace. But they have also generated controversy. Research can provide a factual basis for assessing this new mode of care delivery.

  • Delaware Stars for Early Success: Final Report

    Nov 7, 2016

    Based on findings from an evaluation of Delaware's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early care and education programs, RAND provided recommendations for state decisionmakers, including considering further refinements to the rating structure, strengthening quality improvement supports, and enhancing administrative data systems.

  • Estimated Popular Vote Totals for the Presidential Election

    Nov 1, 2016

    Researchers used the RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey to estimate the popular vote in the U.S. election and determine which candidate Americans think will win.

  • Guide to Understanding Insurgency Warfare

    Nov 1, 2016

    An exploration of the history and dynamics of 181 insurgencies since 1946 provides lessons for those fighting insurgent campaigns today in such countries as Syria, Libya, and Iraq.

  • Can Smartphones and Privacy Coexist?

    Oct 27, 2016

    Smartphones are becoming more widespread around the world. How can policymakers grapple with issues related to the security and privacy of these devices?

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    Oct 26, 2016

    An evaluation of a fall prevention intervention found no significant reduction in health care costs or emergency room visits for fall-related injuries.

  • Do Family Leave Policies in Europe Encourage Paternity Leave?

    Oct 20, 2016

    A number of interlocking factors affect uptake of leave by fathers, including compensation, the availability of affordable childcare, the flexibility of leave arrangements, gender norms, and cultural expectations.

  • A Collaborative Approach to Behavioral Health Care for Veterans and Their Families

    Oct 20, 2016

    RAND evaluated the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families, a new model of behavioral health care that provides colocated and coordinated care for veterans and their families.

  • Where Do Food Desert Residents Buy Most of Their Junk Food? Supermarkets

    Oct 20, 2016

    Households in a food desert bought most of their food and beverages—healthy and unhealthy—at full-service supermarkets.