Welcome to RAND Labor and Population

Research and Analysis to Improve Social and Economic Well-Being Around the World

Communities around the world strive to improve residents' quality of life from childhood through old age. RAND Labor and Population supports these efforts by providing solutions to critical social and economic problems faced by children and families, workers, the elderly, the disabled, and other vulnerable populations.

We use the very best analytical tools and methods to evaluate existing policies and programs, and recommend new ones. Our publicly accessible research informs policymakers, educates practitioners, and enlightens other stakeholders.

Focus on Workers

  • American Worker Blog Series

    The American Worker series explores the critical topics that affect America's 159 million workers, from changing workforce demographics to international trade and inequality in the labor market.

  • Politics and Government


    Voters' Support for Key Issues Changed

    Oct 12, 2016

    Voters' opinions of both major-party candidates remain low, but their attitudes on two issues have shifted. Support for building a fence along the Mexican border has decreased while support for providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become citizens has increased.

  • Workforce Development


    Summer Career Pathways Evaluation

    Sep 26, 2016

    RAND is evaluating a New Orleans job pipeline which aims to help lower-skilled, unemployed and underemployed workers find skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing and energy sectors.

  • Migration

    Journal Article

    Math Achievement of Immigrant High School Students

    Sep 22, 2016

    For immigrant youth in the United States, higher performance in math is associated with higher quality education in their country of origin, and length of time spent in the U.S.

  • The Elderly


    RAND Center for the Study on Aging

    Jun 10, 2016

    As the proportion of the world's population that is 65 or older continues to grow, RAND's research on aging helps to raise our level of understanding about the problems of aging, and possible solutions.

  • Israel


    Developing Long-Term Socioeconomic Strategy in Israel

    Apr 25, 2016

    Israel faces economic and social challenges. The government has not developed and implemented strategic responses to socioeconomic problems that demand longer-term policy action. How can it form and implement a socioeconomic strategy and take a long-term view of these issues?

  • Preschool


    High-Quality, Full-Scale Preschool Programs Boost School Readiness and Produce Sustained Benefits

    Mar 11, 2016

    The investment in high-quality preschool may be paid back through improved outcomes during the school-age years and beyond. In addition to school readiness, they produce long-term benefits like lower rates of special education use, reduced grade repetition, and higher high school graduation rates.