RAND Institute for Civil Justice

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  • Discount Justice: State Court Belt-Tightening in an Era of Fiscal Austerity

    May 26, 2017

    Following the 2008 financial crisis, fiscal pressure on the states has led to corresponding pressure for court system retrenchment. In January 2015, the UCLA–RAND Center for Law and Public Policy held a conference to examine the depth of the resourcing problem and identify policy options and practical steps to mitigate the challenges.

  • Let's (Not) Play Games with Dodd-Frank

    May 4, 2017

    Dodd-Frank, the 2010 financial reform law, is now itself the target of reform. Those involved with the overhaul could draw inspiration from an unlikely source: video games. A simulation game could help predict the effects of changes to regulations—and avoid high-stakes missteps.

  • Discount Justice: Fiscal Austerity and State Courts

    Apr 18, 2017

    Budget cuts at the state court level can mean courthouse closures, hiring freezes and layoffs, leading to longer wait times for the public. Educating the public about the role and importance of the state courts is key to preventing more budget cuts in the future.

  • Digital Theft: The New Normal

    Oct 10, 2016

    Absolute data breach prevention is not possible, so knowing what people want when it happens is important. Consumers and corporations alike should accept this risk as a “when,” not an “if,” and prepare for it.

  • Cost of Cyber Incidents to American Companies Is Less Than Expected

    Sep 20, 2016

    Why don't American companies invest more in computer security? One possible explanation: Relative to the other risks they face, cyber risks often aren't as significant as expected. Most breaches cost companies less than 0.4 percent of their annual revenues.

  • Health Insurance and Workers' Compensation Claiming

    Sep 14, 2016

    What impact does changes in health insurance availability have on Workers' Compensation claims? Data from four states show a modest decrease in Workers' Compensation bills following Affordable Care Act expansions.