The empirical literature documenting the impact of labor market regulation on employment in middle- and upper-income countries is extensive and long-standing. What little data there is for low-income countries suggests regulations have a negative effect on formal employment.
Preparing Workers for a Global Economy
The demand for educated, versatile workers who can interpret complex information and adapt to technological innovation is high. RAND Labor and Population pursues research that helps individuals, organizations, and governments understand how workers—at home or abroad, new to the workforce or at retirement—can remain engaged and productive.
Improvements of Techniques to Estimate Migration Rates: An Application with Brazilian Censuses DataNovember 24, 2015
This paper intends to develop procedures which can be applied to different countries and databases to estimate migration rates using information on place of previous residence (last-move data) and duration of residence.
The Impact of Employment Transitions on Subjective Well-Being: Evidence from the Great Recession and Its AftermathNovember 17, 2015
Using data from the Financial Crisis Surveys collected in the American Life Panel, this study estimates the causal effect of work transitions, in particular unemployment and reemployment, on subjective well-being between November 2009 and April 2013 in the US.
Defaulting In and Cashing Out? The Impact of Retirement Plan Design on the Savings Accumulation of Separating EmployeesNovember 11, 2015
Explores the participation and distribution decisions of those who separate from their employers.
Do Employers Prefer Workers Who Attend For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from a Field ExperimentNovember 10, 2015
This paper reports results from a resume-based field experiment designed to examine employer preferences for job applicants who attended for-profit colleges.
The Private Sector and Youth Skills and Employment Programs in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesOctober 22, 2015
This report examines the involvement of the private sector in youth skills and employment in low- and middle-income countries.
Rethinking Indonesia's Informal SectorSeptember 2, 2015
Reviews competing theories about the causes of informality in developing countries and uses new data to determine the reasons for informality in Indonesia.
The Fair Labor Standards Act: Worker Misclassification and the Hours and Earnings Effects of Expanded CoverageAugust 28, 2015
Using data from the RAND American Life Panel, this paper quantifies the frequency that employers violate the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime rules.
This report provides a special focus on the challenges youth face in employment and education in Mongolia, using a new survey developed by the Institute for Labour Studies and RAND. Understanding the constraints to youth job-market success is critical to Mongolia's economic future. The analysis showed relatively high rates of youth not in school or work, and challenges to job-market preparation, but also improvement in job-market outcomes.
Job Insecurity, Unemployment Insurance and On-the-Job Search: Evidence from Older American WorkersAugust 20, 2015
Uses the Health and Retirement Study to determine how job insecurity and unemployment insurance can affect the relationship between job insecurity and job search.
Disability Insurance and the Great RecessionJune 19, 2015
We estimate the effect of labor market conditions, as measured by the unemployment rate, on the number of SSDI applications, the number and composition of initial allowances and denials, and the timing of applications relative to disability onset.