News and Events Archive

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hake Discusses New Model of Private Development Assistance at IDSS Talk

    May 27, 2014

    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.

  • IDSS Talk to Explore Managing the Health Risks of Climate Change

    May 13, 2014

    The current and projected human health risks of climate change are diverse and wide-ranging, potentially altering the burden of any health outcome sensitive to weather or climate. Stanford University's Kristi Ebi will discuss how to manage these health risks at her International Development Speaker Series presentation on May 13.

  • 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 Harvard's Calestous Juma, 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.

  • 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.