A binational effort at labor reform — including the establishment of a binational immigration agency and the passage of a bilateral social security agreement — would benefit both the United States and Mexico.
Dementia costs Americans hundreds of billions of dollars per year, and the annual cost could top half a trillion by 2040 due to the “graying” of the U.S. population. This infographic shows the soaring economic costs and caseload of dementia.
Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), spoke at RAND about the NSF's role in ensuring that the United States remains a global leader in research and innovation.
RAND's November 2012 Politics Aside weekend brought together leaders in government policy, business, and philanthropy to discuss challenges and solutions in an objective, nonpartisan environment.
While not advocating further defense cuts, RAND researchers offer three strategies to cut roughly $400-$500 billion from U.S. defense programs over the next decade without crippling the force.
In the face of economic uncertainties and growing pressures to reduce defense spending, the United States must choose among alternative force postures, each of which has advantages and drawbacks.
At a time when the United States is expecting its European allies to shoulder more of the burden of defending Europe and its interests, all members of NATO must learn to do more with less.
Obama has championed an "all-of-the-above strategy" to develop every available source of American energy "while making sure we never have to choose between protecting our environment and strengthening our economy." Romney would not provide support for ventures in new energy technologies. RAND's research on renewable fuels, oil shale development, and fuel taxes provides options.
Both President Obama and Governor Romney have argued that while NCLB's goals of holding schools accountable and shrinking the achievement gap are admirable, the law is in dire need of adjustment. Both platforms do appear to be largely based on existing evidence from education research, with a few caveats.
Legal and illegal immigration have very different effects on U.S. taxpayers and the economy as a whole, and the debate over how to reform our current muddled system should take these into account.
Income inequality became the principal concern of the Occupy Wall Street movement and has been a prominent issue throughout the U.S. presidential campaign season. The ongoing debate emphasizes the magnitude of inequality, neglecting why income gaps occur and what, if anything, to do about it.
In an effort to look beyond the 2012 U.S. election and promote "farsighted leadership in a shortsighted world," the fall issue of RAND Review offers commentaries intended to transcend partisan rhetoric and foster policies that both presidential candidates could well accept. Nine key election issues are addressed.
Having a bank account increases security, reduces vulnerability to theft, and helps account holders develop financial smarts. But new findings show growing rates of unbanked Americans.
With 2012 seeing dozens of presidential elections around the globe and several additional leadership transitions, RAND experts offer observations on some of the nations in flux.
California's 28th chief justice discusses the importance of collaborative courts, her efforts to help the judiciary deal with the state's budget crisis, and the importance of civics education.
Kirkuk is Iraq's most combustible hotspot. There are important steps that either U.S. presidential candidate, if elected, should take to move Iraqis toward a settlement over the ethnically mixed city's political and legal status.
Whether the Affordable Care Act is repealed, defended, or weakened will hinge on who holds the balance of power next January. Regardless of what happens with the ACA, the spiraling cost of health care in the United States will remain a huge challenge.
Conflict with China is unlikely so long as the United States retains the capacity to deter behavior that could lead to a clash.
On the issue of democratization in the Arab world, it is especially important for U.S. leaders to take the long view, to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach, and to remember that there are strong grounds for optimism.
This RAND Review cover story recommends alternatives to military action that are more likely to dissuade Iran from producing, testing, and deploying nuclear weapons, while also promoting a more democratic and responsible Iranian regime.