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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One new model of providing private development assistance in direct support of U.S. national security objectives is based on decentralization, private-public collaboration and not-neutral assistance. Jim Hake will discuss how this differs from approaches based on “universal humanitarian principles” and will examine lessons from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and conflict prevention missions in Africa and South America.