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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.

We use the very best analytical tools and methods to develop objective policy solutions, and are committed to making our work accessible to people throughout the world.

L&P in the News

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

Recent News and Findings

  • The Great American Working Vacation

    Jan 19, 2015

    For years, vacations were a time for Americans to reset and renew, a time away from work. But more and more, Americans check their email, take calls, and work while on vacation.

  • How do changes in retirement benefits impact retirement decisions?

    Dec 22, 2014

    A RAND study of the Austrian pension system has important implications for understanding individuals' retirement decisions - and for Social Security reform in the U.S. and beyond.

  • HR Practices for Labor Inspectorates in Developing Countries

    Dec 15, 2014

    Hiring and training labor inspectors in different areas of the world present immense challenges, from the amount and type of education to appropriate performance measurement. What inspectors do and why may be the most important criteria that impact this effort.

News Archive

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