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Research and Analysis to Improve Social and Economic Wellbeing Around the World

Communities around the world struggle with how to improve the quality of life for individuals across generations - from childhood through old age. Researchers in RAND Labor and Population help solve critical problems faced by children and families, workers, the elderly, the disabled and other vulnerable populations, and more.

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L&P in the News

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

Recent News and Findings

  • Can Big Data Help Build Trust in the Police?

    Dec 11, 2014

    After two controversial grand jury decisions not to indict police in the deaths of unarmed African Americans, a White House task force has 90 days to provide recommendations for promoting accountability among law enforcement agencies to cultivate trust between police and communities. The timeline may seem impossible, but, sadly, these issues are old and the solutions are well known.

  • Military Veteran Employment Valued, but Challenges Still Need to Be Addressed

    Nov 10, 2014

    Businesses report that U.S. military veterans make excellent employees, but companies still experience challenges locating and hiring them, including continuing difficulty understanding the match between military skills and civilian job requirements.

  • Ebola Shows America Needs Better Disaster Preparedness

    Nov 7, 2014

    Crafting an effective, whole-community strategy to respond to Ebola could stop the spread of the disease now and lay groundwork for responses to future outbreaks and other emergencies. In the long run, this could make public preparedness and resilience valuable assets for the U.S.

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Upcoming and Recent Events

  • IDSS Welcomes Founder and Tech Lead of Question Box

    Dec 9, 2014

    The founder and tech lead for Question Box, a network array of public shared callboxes serving marginalized or rural populations, will discuss how semantic analysis of call records from Question Box installations provides a new layer of data insight to better inform quantitative decision-making

  • IDSS Presentation Explores Income Inequality, Mobility, and Accumulation of Capital

    Jun 24, 2014

    University of Washington professor Stephen Turnovsky will discuss income inequality in developing countries and why it is important to develop economic models that incorporate both the possibility of earnings and the mobility of wealth.

  • RAND Behavioral Finance Forum 2014

    May 30, 2014

    Leveraging Behavioral Insights to Improve Financial Health is the topic of this year's RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum on May 30. Annamaria Lusardi will present the keynote address, on The Economic Importance of Financial Literacy.

  • Hake Discusses New Model of Private Development Assistance at IDSS Talk

    May 27, 2014

    One new model of providing private development assistance in direct support of U.S. national security objectives is based on decentralization, private-public collaboration and not-neutral assistance. Jim Hake will discuss how this differs from approaches based on “universal humanitarian principles” and will examine lessons from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and conflict prevention missions in Africa and South America.

  • The RAND 2014 Midterm Election Opinion Study

    The RAND 2014 Midterm Election Opinion Study tracks public opinion of the U.S. midterm elections by surveying the same people over time. This allows us to observe true changes in public opinion, rather than changes based on who was surveyed randomly.

  • Evaluating SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

    The California Department of Social Services has funded research to determine if SB 1041 is achieving its objectives of improving recipient well-being and flexibility of services, as well as if there are any unintended consequences.

Recent Research