Research on Children and Families

Family in a park

RAND Labor and Population researchers are at the forefront of efforts to understand how early childhood experiences influence outcomes later in life and how public policy can help families raise healthy children who are ready for the challenges of school and adolescence.

Informed by economics, sociology, and health sciences, our researchers understand that children are deeply influenced by the choices their parents make before birth and during the first years of life, and that these choices reflect constraints that can be influenced by public policy.

  • Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey

    The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) studies adults, teens, children, and neighborhoods in Los Angeles County. Survey data were collected in 2000-2001 and 2006-2008 and are available to researchers for public use.

  • RAND Indonesia Data Core

    The RAND Indonesia Data Core is an online digital library of Indonesian data surveys and documentation with Indonesian originals and English translations. Surveys cover socieconomic status, the labor force, small and large businesses, households, and urban and rural prices.