Employment, Social Inclusion, Population and Migration

European countries face challenges in delivering sustainable and inclusive economic growth. RAND Europe's research helps by examining how workforce and skills develop to match demand for labour; how employment policies secure labour market participation; how social policies protect the most vulnerable and enable their contribution to society; and how population dynamics and migration interact shaping societies we live in.

We use our interdisciplinary and international research, analysis, and advice in all phases of the public policy cycle, from informing policy options through to impact evaluation.

Featured Research

  • RAND Europe Focus on Migration Issues

    At a time when migration policy is the subject of particular political and public attention, our ongoing work to evaluate the impact of grant-giving to civil society advocacy organisations working in the migration field has particular relevance.

Selected Research

  • Investigating the Effects of the UK's National Minimum Wage

    23 Nov 2016

    Increases in the UK national minimum wage since 1999 had no negative employment effects on the overall UK labour market. However, there were some employment effects associated with part-time employees, and young employees during the recession.

  • Exploring Community-Based Social Innovations (CBSIs) for Healthy Ageing

    07 Nov 2016

    Researchers are examining how CBSIs are functioning across a number of rapidly ageing countries. Documenting the policies, programmes and health system factors underpinning their success will help to ensure greater sustainability and integration of services.

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    02 Nov 2016

    Conditional cash transfer programmes (CCTs) are seen as particularly effective in low- and middle-income countries, but relatively little is known about the interface between the supply of services and programme administration and specific human development outcomes. RAND Europe assessed the effectiveness of CCTs through a two-year grant from UK Economic Social Research Council and Department for International Development.

  • Ending the Schengen Agreement Would Cost €2–3 Billion Annually

    12 Oct 2016

    The economic costs of European countries ending the Schengen Agreement and reintroducing border controls range in the billions of euros, with further political and social costs.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    30 Sep 2016

    RAND Europe continues to provide research support to Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. It was commissioned in partnership with the University of Cambridge to help run the competition, which gives awards to organisations for the healthiest employees and work environment. RAND Europe’s role includes designing and running the surveys, analysing results, and providing customised reports to participating organisations. The project’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how organisations can engage with the wellness of their employees.

  • Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    05 Aug 2016

    Public Health England has commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product will include a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

  • Exploring Funding Options for the NHS and Social Care in the UK

    02 Jun 2016

    To improve the quality of debate on the long-term funding of health and social care in the four countries of the UK, the Health Foundation has commissioned RAND Europe to carry out research on the public acceptability of different funding models.

  • Better Health Outcomes Are Related to Social Expenditure

    10 May 2016

    Research shows that, across OECD countries, higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health, and the association is particularly strong for public social spending. Additionally, the association between social spending and better health strengthens over time.