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RAND Labor and Population has built a national and international reputation for conducting high-quality, empirical research to support and improve policies and organizations around the world.

Our work has focused on labor markets, social welfare policy, demographic behavior, aging issues, retirement, and international development with the common aim toward understanding why people make the decisions they do and how markets, society, and policy affect them.

L&P in the News

A selection of news reporting and commentary on RAND's socioeconomic and welfare research.

Recent News and Findings

  • Many Americans Are Confused About the Affordable Care Act

    Mar 26, 2014

    In a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 Americans, researchers found an acute lack of understanding among low-income people regarding finances in general, and health reform and health insurance in particular.

  • IDSS Speaker Discusses "Rebooting Africa"

    Mar 7, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Harvard's Calestous Juma, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity.

  • BeFi Webinar Featured in Finance Blog

    Jan 14, 2014

    Confidence is the key to retirement planning, according to both research by Andrew Parker and a Boston College Center for Retirement Research blog. The blog features Parker and his recent BeFi webinar.

News Archive

Upcoming and Recent Events

  • IDSS Considers What the New "Science" of Happiness can Contribute to Economics and to Policy

    Oct 17, 2014

    Carol Graham will explore what we know about the determinants of happiness, then present both the promise and the potential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking.

  • RAND Behavioral Finance Forum 2014

    May 30, 2014

    The RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum is an annual, day-long event held in Washington, D.C., that focuses on topics of immediate relevance to public policy makers and industry leaders, including retirement security, financial inclusion, consumer financial protection and financial advice.

  • Easterly Discusses "The Tyranny of Experts" at IDSS Talk

    Apr 15, 2014

    In his new book, William Easterly argues that development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries. He will present his findings as part of the International Development Speaker Series.

  • IDSS Speaker Discusses "Rebooting Africa"

    Mar 7, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Harvard's Calestous Juma, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity.

Recent Research