Research and Policy in International Development (RAPID)

Despite the rapid economic growth in countries like China, India, and Brazil, around 1 billion people around the world still survive on less than $2 per day. Understanding the factors influencing economic growth and development is therefore crucial to enhancing aggregate human welfare. The RAND Corporation established RAPID in 2009 to help advance this objective. Researchers associated with RAPID are dedicated to improving our knowledge of the challenges individuals and countries face in rising out of poverty and to providing decision makers with the information needed for policies to enhance poverty reduction and well-being and increase economic growth.

  • IDSS Talk Explores "Applying Behavioral Science to Development"

    Nov 23, 2015

    Saugato Datta, managing director at ideas42, partners to design, test, and scale programs that use behavioral economics to benefit poor people in developing countries. In this International Development Speaker Series talk, he will present diagnostic and design insights, as well as results where available from behavioral design projects.

Selected Projects and Activities in International Development