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.

  • Labor Markets

    American Worker Blog Series

    Aug 22, 2016

    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.

  • Survey Research Methodology

    Why the Polls Were Wrong

    Nov 14, 2016

    RAND's Presidential Election Panel Survey, like other polls, overpredicted the popular vote. But since it focused on the decisionmaking process and how that translated into behaviors, the data could provide deep insights into what happened and how it took pollsters by surprise.

  • Welfare Reform

    Evaluation of California's CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program

    Nov 2, 2016

    This report provides initial findings from the evaluation of the Senate Bill 1041 reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, with a focus on the implementation of the policy changes and participant outcomes.

  • Workforce Development

    Summer Career Pathways Evaluation

    Sep 25, 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

    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 9, 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.