News and Events Archive

  • International Development Speaker Series Talk Examines Mining and Socioeconomic Outcomes in Peru

    May 28, 2015

    World Bank lead economist Norman Loyaza visits Pardee RAND as part of the IDSS, to discuss the impact of mining activity on socioeconomic outcomes in local communities in Peru.

  • Nathan Nunn Discusses the Evolution of Culture and Institutions: Evidence from the Kuba Kingdom

    May 19, 2015

    Harvard's Nathan Nunn examines the descendants of the 17th century Kuba Kingdom in central Africa to understand the effects of the kingdom's level of political development on political and social norms today.

  • Asim Khwaja Discusses the Equilibrium Effects of Unconditional Grants to Private Schools

    Mar 11, 2015

    Asim Khwaja studied the equilibrium effects of unconditional cash grants to private schools across more than 250 villages and 850 schools in rural Pakistan. He discussed his research as part of the International Development Speaker Series; a video of the presentation is available online.

  • Visiting IDSS Speaker Discusses Campaign Finance Reform in Mexico

    Feb 25, 2015

    The 2013 campaign finance reforms in Mexico have directly generated an exponential growth of cash-based clientelism, which is at the origins of the government's current legitimacy crisis. Alejandro Poire will discuss his research at the next International Development Speaker Series presentation.

  • IDSS to Examine Student Loans, College Choice, and Information on the Returns to Higher Ed

    Feb 16, 2015

    An experiment in Chile found that students have unbiased but highly variable beliefs about tuition costs, and upward-biased beliefs about earnings outcomes for past graduates. Justine Hastings will discuss her findings at the next IDSS presentation.

  • Improving the Recruiting and Hiring of Los Angeles Firefighters

    Jan 22, 2015

    The city of Los Angeles should revise its hiring process for firefighters in ways that increase diversity among highly-competitive applicants, minimize processing demands on the city, and create greater transparency for applicants in minimum qualifications and selection criteria.

  • 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.

  • Developing and Testing Informed-Consent Methods in a Study of the Elderly in Mexico

    Jan 13, 2015

    Ethical and legal considerations require that human research subjects providing certain information provide informed consent when doing so. RAND researchers evaluating the impact of a pension program in Yucatan have developed an informed-consent procedure that is culturally sensitive and compliant with norms and standards.

  • 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.

  • Can Big Data Help Build Trust in the Police?

    Dec 11, 2014

    After two controversial grand jury decisions not to indict police in the deaths of unarmed African Americans, a White House task force has 90 days to provide recommendations for promoting accountability among law enforcement agencies to cultivate trust between police and communities. The timeline may seem impossible, but, sadly, these issues are old and the solutions are well known.

  • 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

  • Military Veteran Employment Valued, but Challenges Still Need to Be Addressed

    Nov 10, 2014

    Businesses report that U.S. military veterans make excellent employees, but companies still experience challenges locating and hiring them, including continuing difficulty understanding the match between military skills and civilian job requirements.

  • Ebola Shows America Needs Better Disaster Preparedness

    Nov 7, 2014

    Crafting an effective, whole-community strategy to respond to Ebola could stop the spread of the disease now and lay groundwork for responses to future outbreaks and other emergencies. In the long run, this could make public preparedness and resilience valuable assets for the U.S.

  • RAND Joins Coalition to Tackle Youth Unemployment

    Oct 9, 2014

    The RAND Corporation has joined the World Bank and other corporate and civil society leaders to establish Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition that acts to address the pervasive challenges of youth employment.

  • The Realities of Silicon Valley's Lack of Workforce Diversity

    Oct 2, 2014

    Major Silicon Valley tech firms have released statistics indicating their workforces are largely made up of white men, write Professors Lawrence Hanser and Nelson Lim. Corporate America is on the receiving end of a complex chain of social and educational factors that continue to leave minorities behind in terms of college graduation.

  • How the Poor Can Take Charge to Improve Their Housing

    Sep 19, 2014

    Public housing projects have been controversial for decades in countries around the world. But an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, could serve as a guide for other countries experimenting with community-driven development, an alternative approach to public housing.

  • Leveraging Behavioral Insights to Improve Financial Health: Proceedings of the 2014 BeFi Conference

    Jul 29, 2014

    At the 2014 RAND Behavioral Finance (BeFi) Forum, Annamaria Lusardi presented the keynote address, on The Economic Importance of Financial Literacy. The proceedings features videos of each of the presentations, followed by discussion by leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

  • Implementation Challenges Delay Home Visiting Services in New Mexico

    Jul 23, 2014

    Home visiting programs can deliver much-needed health care to vulnerable children and their families. However, program implementation efforts in New Mexico have been thwarted by funding delays, insufficient resources, and poor execution of crucial capacity-building tools.

  • With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Jul 14, 2014

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

  • Are Youth Putting Off Marriage Because of Their Student Loan Debt?

    Jun 26, 2014

    Women with higher loan balances may be less likely to get married than their peers with lower or no loan balances. But as time goes on, young adults adjust to their post-college financial situation and eventually get promotions, earn raises, obtain other assets, and get married.

  • 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.

  • Designing a System for Collecting Policy-Relevant Data for the Kurdistan Region--Iraq

    Jun 1, 2014

    Researchers surveyed the availability of reliable policy-relevant data in the Kurdistan Region--Iraq, identified the high-priority areas for which more data are required, and developed guidance for a system to collect and disseminate these data on an ongoing basis.

  • The Effects of Moving to Permanent Dwellings on India's Working Poor

    May 30, 2014

    In India, low-cost housing projects like the Ashray Affordable Housing Pilot may help the working poor and their families improve their living conditions, while still allowing developers to recover their costs.

  • 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.