About RAND Labor and Population

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

From childhood to old age and from the first stages of employment to retirement, generations of individuals and communities confront quality-of-life issues that can threaten their well-being. RAND Labor and Population researchers conduct high-quality, objective research that focuses on seven areas of policy concern:

Interdisciplinary Research Centers

Our research staff is our greatest asset and represents a variety of fields – economics, sociology, demography, psychology, public health, and statistics. Their collective professional experience, cultural diversity, objectivity, creativity, multiple viewpoints and perspectives, and a deep understanding of the practical implications of policy all position RAND to address difficult and complex policy questions.

RAND Labor and Population is organized around a family of research centers that facilitate understanding about why people make the decisions they do and how markets, society, and policy impact those decisions.

State-of-the-Art Data

Innovation is a hallmark of RAND Labor and Population, particularly in the development of ingenious models and data collection. Among our most important data collections is the American Life Panel (ALP), a monthly Internet panel that follows a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults in the United States. In addition, state-of-the-art tools include RAND's Multimode Interviewing Capability (MMIC), an information system that integrates traditional modes of collecting interview data such as self-administered surveys, and telephone and in-person interviews.

Staff members also have been involved in designing and fielding surveys and analyzing the resulting large, comprehensive, microlevel databases. These databases contain detailed current and retrospective information at the individual, household, and community levels on a range of demographic, social, health, and economic topics not found in most other data sources. They are widely used in research within and outside of RAND.

Multiple Viewpoints

RAND Labor and Population fosters open dialogue and an exchange of data, research, and best practices among its researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders. Our annual Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum and series of webinars serve as a means for the brightest minds in behavioral finance to gather and discuss research comprising behavioral science, cognitive psychology, economics, and finance.

The annual RAND Summer Institute on Aging and Mini-Med School event include a series of panels and a medical workshop intended to provide non-medically trained scholars an unparalleled forum supporting the study of the aging process and medical treatment of the elderly. RAND Labor and Population also conducts an ongoing seminar series that brings scholars from around the world to RAND to share their research and ideas.

Policy Driven

RAND Labor and Population staff communicate their research worldwide to policymakers, sponsors, and the scientific community through congressional briefings; conference presentations; research seminars; international workshops; books; articles in leading professional journals; and through RAND reports, special publications, research briefs, and issue papers. In addition, the Working Paper Series provides a forum for publishing work in progress and soliciting comments from fellow researchers within and outside of RAND.

All RAND research undergoes rigorous peer review to ensure that it is of the highest quality, objective, and non-partisan. Our ultimate goal is to provide incisive information and analysis to government and private decisionmakers to help them make the best informed decisions for the people they serve.