Research on Strengthening Labor Markets
Labor markets depend on sound governmental policy to function efficiently, address demographic challenges, and take advantage of the technological opportunities of the 21st century.
Worldwide, the past 50 years have witnessed a sharp increase in female labor force participation, a gradual decline in labor force participation at older ages, ever-increasing numbers of first-generation immigrants, and growing socioeconomic disparities in income and wealth. Understanding these changes and their consequences is central to formulating sound labor policy.
In much of the developing world, governments are striving to establish policies that will address chronic unemployment of youth, strengthen the position of women in the labor market, transition workers from the public to the private sector, and support an aging population.
RAND Labor and Population research provides the foundation for these policy endeavors.
Pobreza y Vulnerabilidad en México: El caso de los Jóvenes que no Estudian ni Trabajan — May 10, 2013
Analyzes the composition, dynamics, poverty patterns, and individual and family characteristics of young people not in education, employment or training in Mexico.
Is A Dream Deferred a Dream Denied? College Enrollment and Time-Varying Opportunity Costs — May 2, 2013
Demonstrates that public supply of college slots can impact the attainment of the target population and within-individual variation in opportunity costs is an important element in determining educational attainment.
Estimating Intensive and Extensive Tax Responsiveness: Do Older Workers Respond to Income Taxes? — April 10, 2013
Studies the impact of income and payroll taxes on intensive and extensive labor supply decisions for workers ages 55-74 using the Health and Retirement Study.
We find that pre-migration political experiences impart a lasting post-migration interest in home-country politics and that such effects are substantial compared with the impacts associated with other cross-border connections.
Terrorism and the Labor Force: Evidence of an Effect on Female Labor Force Participation and the Labor Gender Gap — March 11, 2013
Explores causality and the direction of the association between measures of terrorism and the standing of women in the workforce as measured by female labor force participation.