About RAND Gulf States

The RAND Gulf States Policy Institute is dedicated to developing informed public policy in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama and a better future for the people who live there.

Highlights of RAND Gulf States Research

  • Examining the Impact of the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

    Feb 15, 2013

    Established in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute tackles tough questions in the topic areas relevant to the region's long-term economic development and the well-being of its residents. This overview highlights research projects related to coastal protection and restoration, community resilience, housing, health and mental health, education, and public safety.

RAND Gulf States has assisted decisionmakers in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, supporting both hurricane recovery and long-term strategic planning. RAND Gulf States is engaged in policy research on the region's critical issues.

  • Emergency planning
  • Coastal, water, and flood management
  • Wetlands restoration
  • Energy and telecommunications
  • Insurance, litigation, and tort reform
  • Health care
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Public safety
  • Labor markets, employment, and population
  • Child policy
  • Poverty
  • Infrastructure
  • Sustainable urban and rural economic development
  • Full participation in the national and global economy

With support from a distinguished board of national and regional advisors, RAND Gulf States works to build research capacity in the region by collaborating with local colleges and universities, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and elected officials. We also bring the resources of the RAND Corporation. Over 60 years, RAND has earned a reputation for objective and nonpartisan research. Our intellectual reserves are deep and broad, and represent nearly every academic field and profession.