Featured Research Archive

  • Developing Long-Term Socioeconomic Strategy in Israel

    Apr 25, 2016

    Israel faces economic and social challenges. The government has not developed and implemented strategic responses to socioeconomic problems that demand longer-term policy action. How can it form and implement a socioeconomic strategy and take a long-term view of these issues?

  • A Cost-Benefit Framework for State-Level Immigration Policies

    Mar 8, 2016

    The expanding role of states in immigration policy raises questions about the consequences of state-level action. A cost-benefit framework identifies the potential impact and how different stakeholders would be affected.

  • Do Financial Advisers Influence Savings Behavior?

    Nov 20, 2015

    Financial advisers can play an important role with helping individuals make better financial decisions and improving their financial situations. But does working with a financial adviser improve savings behavior, particularly saving for retirement?

  • Nonmarital Cohabitation, Marriage, and Health Among Adolescents and Young Adults

    Jun 3, 2013

    This study investigated the impact of nonmarital cohabitation and marriage on a range of physical and mental health indicators and health behaviors.

  • China's Aging Population Poses Challenges, but Changes to Health and Migration Policies Can Help

    Jan 19, 2015

    While the rapid aging of China's population is thought to condemn the nation to a dismal future, past policies on education and new policies to improve health and foster internal migration could ease the challenges posed by an older citizenry.

  • The Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    Mar 9, 2016

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative seeks to build sustainable STEM education and technical training programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, ultimately helping to develop a skilled workforce ready for careers in energy and manufacturing.

  • 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.

  • Reforming Indonesia's Policies Towards Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

    Jul 25, 2014

    This project aims to foster awareness and consensus within the Government of Indonesia for key reforms toward a more comprehensive and coherent development strategy and policies for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) at the national level.

  • Pakistan Urban Sector Assessment

    Apr 18, 2014

    RAND is examining the trends and implications of rapid urbanization in Pakistan. The analysis leads to recommendations for policies to enhance productivity and economic growth in urban areas.

  • 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.

  • Independent Evaluation of California's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Quality Rating and Improvement System

    Nov 19, 2016

    This half-term report presents findings which focus on the Validity and Reliability Study of California's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge quality and improvement system (QRIS).

  • Cost of Dementia Tops $159 Billion Annually in the United States

    Apr 3, 2013

    The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $159 billion to $215 billion annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer. The greatest cost is associated with providing institutional and home-based long-term care rather than medical services.

  • What Economic and Health Effects Has the Financial Crisis Had on Older Households?

    Apr 27, 2012

    What effect has the financial crisis had on households and health? RAND researchers seek to quantify the effects of the crisis on older U.S. households, and the adjustments made in response. With this information, they aim to determine whether downturns in economic status are associated with declines in health.

  • The Hawai'i P-3 Reform Initiative: How Well Did It Work?

    Oct 7, 2015

    The Hawai'i P-3 initiative aims for every child in the state to read at grade level by third grade. Evaluation of participating schools showed that more years in the program resulted in a modest but significant increase in students' reading scores—an impact comparable to the effects of nine additional weeks of schooling.

  • China's Aging Population Poses Challenges, but Changes to Health and Migration Policies Can Help

    Jan 19, 2015

    While the rapid aging of China's population is thought to condemn the nation to a dismal future, past policies on education and new policies to improve health and foster internal migration could ease the challenges posed by an older citizenry.

  • United States and Mexico: Ties that Bind, Issues that Divide

    Apr 26, 2012

    An examination of the contemporary and historical policy contexts of Mexican immigration to the United States; Mexican economic and social policy and U.S. immigration policy up to 2011; and popular public opinion on U.S.-Mexican relations and migration confirm that there are solid achievements on which to build in U.S.-Mexican relations, but some areas remain in need of further action.

  • 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.

  • Preparing Local Talent for Jobs in the Emerging Energy Sector

    Dec 7, 2015

    A multi-level study of the ShaleNET Program, a partnership between energy sector employers and colleges in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, to teach STEM skills critical for high-demand jobs in the expanding energy sector.

  • Maternal Health Status and Early Childbearing

    Nov 24, 2015

    Studies have shown that bearing a child early in life has a negative impact on the mother's well-being, and is linked to lower educational achievement and earnings, but some studies suggest the economic and social consequences of teen pregnancy may not be as large as once thought.

  • Urgent Attention Is Needed to Improve Education for Syrian Refugee Children

    Nov 23, 2015

    Only half of Syrian refugee children have access to education, with nearly 700,000 not receiving any formal instruction in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Classes are overcrowded and teachers are inexperienced in handling classroom conditions that include traumatized students, some of whom have missed years of school.

  • A Cross-Country Comparison of Financial Advice Markets

    Nov 20, 2015

    The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Singapore, and the European Union recently made regulatory changes aimed at improving financial advice. How have they used regulation to improve the quality of financial advice, and how have the regulatory tools used affected their financial advice markets?

  • Do Student Loans Delay Marriage?

    Nov 19, 2015

    The financial weight of monthly student loan repayments reduces the likelihood of marriage in the four years immediately after graduation, but only for women.

  • Comparing Social Networks of Black and White Low-Income Newlywed Couples

    Nov 11, 2015

    Supportive social networks are especially relevant to young couples entering marriage. A comparison of first-married newlyweds from low-income communities indicated Black couples are at a social disadvantage, with fewer positive relationships and sources of emotional support.

  • A Tool for Reviewing K-12 Financial Education Curricula

    Nov 5, 2015

    A bewildering array of curricula and materials is available to support K–12 financial education. This reviewing tool helps educators assess which to use, and to better understand the strengths and gaps in the curriculum currently in use.

  • The Private Sector and Youth Employment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

    Oct 22, 2015

    Disadvantaged youth require more training to achieve job skills than other youth—just one obstacle to solving the global problem of youth unemployment. There are, however, options for successful public-private partnerships that support training and employment.