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.
Medical Care Spending and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Workers' Compensation Reforms — February 28, 2014
Explores the question of whether spending on health care in the United States delivers enough value to justify the cost by studying the causal relationship between medical care spending and labor outcomes.
The Effect of Local Labor Demand Conditions on the Labor Supply Outcomes of Older Americans — November 19, 2013
Measures the effects of local labor demand conditions on a host of outcomes for older individuals including employment, retirement, Social Security claiming, wages, and job characteristics.
Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt — August 1, 2013
We present the first causal estimates of the effect of Social Security Disability Insurance benefit receipt on labor supply using all program applicants.
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.