Featured Research

  • Evaluating a Study of State Gun Policies

    Jul 14, 2016

    A RAND study team reviewed an article in The Lancet on the effects of state firearm laws and found problems in its methods and findings. The assessment provides a detailed account of the errors and statistical support for the team's conclusions.

  • Dementia Long-Term Care Policy Options for Family Caregivers and Medicare

    Jul 13, 2016

    The total cost of caring for people in the United States with dementia in 2010 was estimated to be between $159 billion and $215 billion. As the nation's population ages, these costs will soar. Lawmakers could consider policy changes that support family caregivers and expand Medicaid eligibility.

  • Climate Change May Increase Future Exposure of U.S. Infrastructure to Natural Hazards

    Jul 12, 2016

    Exposure to natural hazards such as flooding, drought, and wildfires is projected to be larger and more uncertain in the future because of the effects of sea level rise and changes in temperature and precipitation patterns.

  • The Value of Military Installation Public-to-Public Partnerships

    Jul 12, 2016

    Partnerships have benefited both U.S. military installations and communities in terms of cost savings, improved operations, access to additional expertise and resources, and improved military-community relations.

  • Commercial Airlines May Siphon Pilots From U.S. Air Force

    Jul 12, 2016

    The commercial airline industry will continue hiring more pilots to replace its aging workforce, causing more U.S. Air Force aviators to leave the service. Pilot pay is increasing in the commercial sector while Air Force aviator and retention pay are now discretionary programs under DoD guidelines.

  • Suicide Prevention Hotlines in California Could Improve Services

    Jul 12, 2016

    Suicide prevention hotlines in California respond to callers in need and reduce caller distress. But they could improve their services and reach more users by expanding digital offerings such as chat services and establishing better programs to monitor and improve the quality of their services.

  • Russia's “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model

    Jul 11, 2016

    Russia's propaganda model is high-volume and multichannel, and it disseminates messages without regard for the truth. It is rapid, continuous, and repetitive, and it does not commit to consistency.

  • Opportunities for Enhanced Partnering on NATO's Northeastern Flank

    Jul 7, 2016

    U.S. defense engagement priorities in Europe are shifting in the face of Russian aggression. By engaging strategically on NATO's northeastern flank, the United States can strengthen deterrence while minimizing inadvertent escalation.

  • Designing Compensation Funds After Disasters

    Jul 6, 2016

    Man-made and natural disasters in the United States can cause personal injury and property damage to dozens, and sometimes even thousands, of people. Sometimes victim compensation programs are created afterwards. Program designers must consider fairness to victims, timely compensation, and low transaction costs.

  • The Implications of Allowing Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly

    Jun 30, 2016

    As the U.S. Department of Defense reviews potential changes to its policy on transgender service members, it will need to consider this population's unique health care needs, the potential costs associated with extending coverage for these needs, and the readiness implications of allowing transgender service members to serve openly.

  • 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.

  • Developing a Risk Assessment Methodology for NASA

    Jun 29, 2016

    A decision support methodology integrates risk factors and risk management approaches tailored to NASA's management, operations, and acquisition structures. Designed for non-experts, any decisionmaker with any level of training can use it to compare risks within a common lens.

  • Weighing the Potential Value of Theater Ballistic Missiles in the Pacific

    Jun 28, 2016

    The U.S. Department of State concluded in 2014 that Russia is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty. If the treaty cannot be revived, the U.S. Army should assess the value of adding conventional land-based theater ballistic missiles to its portfolio of strike capabilities.

  • How Do Consumers Make Choices in ACA Marketplaces?

    Jun 28, 2016

    Consumers have access to compare a variety of health insurance plans before selecting the one that best suits their needs. But the task can be complicated by difficulty understanding health insurance jargon, poor numeracy, inadequate decision-support tools, and too many choices.

  • Travel in Britain in 2035

    Jun 24, 2016

    Without substantial investment, the UK will experience severe congestion across its transport infrastructure by 2035. How might emerging technologies be able to address the problem?

  • Prospects for Russia's Economic Growth

    Jun 22, 2016

    Without major policy changes, the Russian economy will grow slowly in the medium term, even if world market prices for oil rebound sharply. However, returning to policies that Russia has pursued in the recent past could lead to substantially higher rates of growth.

  • Charting the U.S. Role in the World Economy

    Jun 21, 2016

    The strength of America's economy supports the country's international power. That makes the next administration's economic choices among its most crucial.

  • Strong Global Economic Engagement Is Essential to Maintaining U.S. Prosperity and Leadership Abroad

    Jun 21, 2016

    The United States stands to gain more from strengthening global institutions and engaging with the world's growing economic powers than from pulling back.

  • 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.

  • Creating a Viable Practice of DoD Civilian Deployment

    Jun 15, 2016

    Expeditionary civilians have been used to reduced stress on the uniformed military, reduce the military's reliance on contractors, and circumvent limits on the deployment of additional military forces. An analysis of civilian deployment aims to inform DoD's policy and practice for using civilians to meet mission needs ten to 20 years into the future.