News and Events Archive

  • Improving Mongolia's Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth

    Aug 24, 2015

    Despite a recent slowdown, Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s. Youth labor-market success is important to Mongolia's economic future. Insights from the challenges young Mongolians face, as well as their achievements and aspirations, can help inform policy.

  • China at Home: Marrying Prosperity and Well-Being

    Aug 21, 2015

    As China strives to sustain its upward economic trajectory, it must also address its domestic problems—such as air pollution and the challenges presented by its aging population—if its people are to share fully in the rewards of economic development and expansion.

  • Struggling with Dementia

    Aug 10, 2015

    The costs of dementia are staggering. A recent RAND analysis quantifies the scope of the problem in the United States and serves as a wake-up call to policymakers everywhere.

  • Evaluation of the SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

    Aug 6, 2015

    This report provides background on the Senate Bill (SB) 1041 reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, as well as an overview of a multiyear, multicomponent evaluation of the SB 1041 policy changes.

  • The Influence of Internal Migration on Male Earnings in Brazil, 1970-2000

    Aug 5, 2015

    An exploration of the impact of internal migration flows on the earnings of male workers in Brazil. Findings indicate that migration flows have a negative impact on male earnings, when considering cohort size as a factor.

  • Should Undocumented Immigrant Youth Pay In-State Tuition to Attend College?

    Jul 28, 2015

    Undocumented children are entitled to free primary and secondary public education everywhere in the United States, regardless of their legal status. But when they finish high school, their options for college vary depending on the state in which they live.

  • Strategies for Private-Sector Development and Civil-Service Reform in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq

    Jul 20, 2015

    This monograph provides strategies to reemploy civil-service workers in the private sector and to increase private-sector employment in the Kurdistan Region—Iraq. Prepared for and at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), this monograph is based on a variety of research methods and analyses.

  • Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Jun 16, 2015

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. How might public policy help accomplish this?

  • Reaching the 80 Percent: Q&A with Krishna Kumar

    Jun 15, 2015

    Krishna Kumar discusses studying agriculture in China, low-income housing in India, and labor markets in Bangladesh, and how research can help the developing world.

  • 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.

  • The Forgotten Cornerstone in the Immigration Reform Debate

    Apr 30, 2015

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review manages the U.S. immigration court system and thereby plays a pivotal role in assuring the timely processing of foreign nationals and the security of the nation and its borders. It should not be left out of discussions of immigration reform.

  • MIECHV Reauthorization: Recommendations from Research

    Apr 17, 2015

    Funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program was extended through fiscal year 2017, without policy changes. If Congress decides to make policy changes to MIECHV in the future, research on home visiting programs can inform recommendations.

  • 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.

  • State of the Union 2015: Clarion Calls on Terrorism, Cyber, Education, and More

    Jan 21, 2015

    The agenda President Barack Obama outlined in his State of the Union address can perhaps best be characterized as broad, mirroring the range of diverse and emerging issues facing the U.S. in 2015.

  • 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

  • Research Drives Ongoing Support for Veterans

    Nov 10, 2014

    On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifices of America's veterans. But as they return home and adjust to civilian life, veterans and their families face new challenges and communities struggle to meet their unique needs. Rigorous research is essential to addressing these challenges and finding long-term solutions. RAND explores key issues concerning veterans such as employment, health and well-being, family support, and education.