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.

Selected Projects and Activities in International Development

  • Examining the Mongolian Labor Market

    RAND will provide support to the Mongolian Ministry of Labour to assess the current structure and functioning of the Mongolian labor market. Working closely with the Ministry's Institute for Labour Studies, RAND will examine trends in labor force indicators to identify key structural constraints, conduct a survey on a particular labor-related policy issue of interest, and develop policy recommendations to improve the functioning of the labor market.

  • Pakistan Urban Sector Assessment

    RAND is examining the trends and implications of rapid urbanization in Pakistan. The analysis leads to recommendations for policies to enhance productivity and economic growth in urban areas.

  • South Asia Regional Trade and Investment Policy

    RAND identified and assessed the role of political economy and non-tariff factors that have impeded regional integration, and developed policy recommendations to promote regional integration in South Asia.

  • Registry Provides Data on International Development Impact Evaluations

    Developed by RAND for the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), the Registry for International Development Impact Evaluations is a registry of impact evaluations related to development in low and middle income countries. The purpose of the registry is to enhance the transparency and quality of evaluation research as well as to provide a repository of impact evaluation studies for researchers, funders, and others.

  • Testing Mobile Phone-based Sales to Increase Use of Safe Water Filters in Kenya

    A randomized controlled trial of 300 households in rural western Kenya is testing a potentially scalable and sustainable model to increase purchases and use of durable ceramic safe-water filters to prevent diarrheal illness.