News and Events Archive

  • IDSS Considers What the New "Science" of Happiness can Contribute to Economics and to Policy

    Oct 17, 2014

    Carol Graham will explore what we know about the determinants of happiness, then present both the promise and the potential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking.

  • RAND Behavioral Finance Forum 2014

    May 30, 2014

    The RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum is an annual, day-long event held in Washington, D.C., that focuses on topics of immediate relevance to public policy makers and industry leaders, including retirement security, financial inclusion, consumer financial protection and financial advice.

  • Easterly Discusses "The Tyranny of Experts" at IDSS Talk

    Apr 15, 2014

    In his new book, William Easterly argues that development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries. He will present his findings as part of the International Development Speaker Series.

  • Many Americans Are Confused About the Affordable Care Act

    Mar 26, 2014

    In a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 Americans, researchers found an acute lack of understanding among low-income people regarding finances in general, and health reform and health insurance in particular.

  • IDSS Speaker Discusses "Rebooting Africa"

    Mar 7, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Calestous Juma of Harvard University, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity. A video of his presentation is available online.

  • World Bank Senior Recruitment Officer Speaks at IDSS

    Jan 22, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Pardee RAND Graduate School Career Services team, welcomed Roberto Amorosino to RAND to discuss career opportunities at the Bank.

  • BeFi Webinar Featured in Finance Blog

    Jan 14, 2014

    Confidence is the key to retirement planning, according to both research by Andrew Parker and a Boston College Center for Retirement Research blog. The blog features Parker and his recent BeFi webinar.

  • A Global Focus on Dementia

    Dec 11, 2013

    The Group of 8 industrial nations is convening a special session to seek an international approach to dementia research at a time the disease is being recognized as a 21st century global health crisis of historic proportions.

  • Understanding Differences in Spending Change at Retirement

    Nov 20, 2013

    Spending declines at small rates at retirement, rates that could be explained by mechanisms such as the cessation of work-related expenses, unexpected retirement due to a health shock or by the substitution of time for spending.

  • Who Has Gotten Ahead After the Fall of Communism?

    Nov 18, 2013

    In the Czech Republic, the former "nomenklatura cadres" are able to maintain their advantageous positions in the income hierarchy, mainly because they possess "human capital" and can effectively convert "social capital," accumulated during the communist regime, into economic capital.

  • Assessing Economic Preparation for Retirement

    Nov 18, 2013

    It is important to assess economic preparation for retirement in a way that addresses many of the deficiencies of the income replacement rate concept.

  • Rising Inequality Affects Men's Career Development and Marriage Timing

    Nov 12, 2013

    Rising economic inequality has significant implications on young men's timing of marriage. In particular, the pace of marriage formation depends on the difficulty of the male's career transition as well as on race and schooling.

  • Retirement and Health Benefits for Mexican Migrant Workers Returning from the United States

    Nov 8, 2013

    Mexican migrants who have spent at least a year in the United States before returning home are less likely to have public health insurance or social security benefits, and could be more vulnerable to poverty in old age.

  • RAND Designs Web Registry for Developing-Country Impact Evaluations

    Sep 18, 2013

    The RAND Corporation has developed a new web registry that aims to increase transparency in the performance and reporting of studies of the impacts of programs, minimizing concerns over several well-known types of bias in research or reporting.

  • 2013 Behavioral Finance Forum Focuses on Improving Consumer Well-Being

    Aug 26, 2013

    The RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum is an annual, day-long event held in Washington, D.C. Videos from the 2013 event include a series of topical panels on curated presentations of academic research followed by discussion by leading practitioners.

  • Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt

    Aug 1, 2013

    In this article in American Economic Review, the authors present the first estimates of the causal effects of Social Security Disability Insurance receipt on labor supply estimated using the entire population of program applicants, and find that among the estimated 23 percent of applicants on the margin of program entry, employment would have been 28 percentage points higher had they not received benefits.

  • CLASP Researchers Lead Workshop in Mexico City

    Jun 4, 2013

    At the Inter-American Conference on Social Security, experts from CLASP and the Inter-American Development Bank led a workshop on Management, Protection, and Linking Data for the Regional Strategy to Design a Longitudinal Social Protection Survey (ELPS).

  • RAND Behavioral Finance Forum 2013

    May 31, 2013

    The RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum is an annual, day-long event held in Washington, D.C. Videos from the 2013 event include a series of topical panels on curated presentations of academic research followed by discussion by leading practitioners.

  • Using Mobile Money to Make Water Safe

    May 21, 2013

    Contaminated drinking water contributes to the deaths of some 750,000 children under the age of five every year due to diarrheal disease. A RAND project is using mobile phones to increase the sales and use of safe-water filters in Kenya.

  • Peter Blair Henry Discusses Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

    May 13, 2013

    In his book Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries' success (and ours) is discipline — sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. Henry will be visiting PRGS and RAND for the International Development Speaker Series.

  • The Cost of Dementia: Who Will Pay?

    Apr 30, 2013

    It is time for the government in partnership with industry to return to the drawing board to craft a plan that will provide protection for the more than 9 million people who will need care for dementia by 2040, writes Michael D. Hurd.

  • Dementia's Growing Cost to Caregivers

    Apr 29, 2013

    At the rate that the U.S. population is aging, the total cost of dementia could reach half a trillion dollars a year by 2040. Those who care for impaired relatives and friends are acutely aware of the effects of dementia, and unfortunately they are all too familiar with its costs, writes Kathleen J. Mullen.

  • Plain Tobacco Packaging: Implications for Health, Law, and Policy

    Apr 12, 2013

    Tobacco raises vital current issues of global concern regarding the interaction among international trade and investment laws, public policy, and public health objectives. Professors Mitchell and Voon reflect on the implications of Australia's experience with mandatory standardized tobacco packaging legislation for international health law and policy.

  • Give Poor Kids a Chance with Early Education

    Apr 9, 2013

    Federal and state initiatives to advance preschool program quality will further ensure that these investments in early learning programs will achieve their full promise and promote healthy child development — physically, socially, emotionally, and academically, writes Lynn Karoly.

  • David Roland-Holst Discusses China's Agrifood Demand in a Global Context

    Apr 5, 2013

    Rising Chinese incomes are increasing domestic agricultural consumption. Because China is severely constrained in these resources, the implications of this demand acceleration will be global. In this talk, Professor Roland-Holst sets out the drivers of China's changing agrifood economy and maps out its implications for global food markets and sustainability.