The study of populations and their effects on energy and the environment has become increasingly important to both the private sector and government. RAND demographers—experts in fields such as economics, statistics, mathematics, epidemiology, population and migration, and labor markets—conduct multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research and host annual conferences and demography workshops to help solve real-world problems.

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    How Europe's Changing Population Will Impact Income Inequality

    Jul 19, 2013

    Groups of the EU population most at risk of poverty that are likely to grow include the elderly, migrants, and single heads of households. Managing the transition to an increasingly aging population while maintaining high welfare standards will depend upon reform of pension and healthcare systems, and labor markets.

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    Journal Article

    Do Student Loans Delay Marriage? Debt Repayment and Family Formation in Young Adulthood

    With increasing levels of student loan debt, the path to economic stability may be less smooth than it was for earlier generations of college graduates.

    Nov 19, 2015

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    Journal Article

    A Social Network Comparison of Low-Income Black and White Newlywed Couples

    This study draws on interviews with 57 first-married newlyweds from low-income communities to compare the composition and structure of Black and White couples' duocentric social networks.

    Nov 11, 2015

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    Bridging the Global Age Gap

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers hope for balancing the world's rapidly aging with its jobless youth. As long-term care for the elderly becomes a pressing need in many developed countries, services such as monitoring and reminding people to take their medications could be provided remotely from countries with an abundance of younger workers.

    Oct 8, 2015

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    Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. How might public policy help accomplish this?

    Jun 16, 2015

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    Understanding Migration and Demographic Change

    RAND Labor and Population conducts research related to migration and demographic change, including how the demographic composition of communities and nations affects health care and education, the ways cities are planned, and how resources are effectively distributed.

    Apr 29, 2015

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    Kevin McCarthy, Longtime Santa Monica Resident and RAND Researcher, Developed Tools to Predict Family Mobility

    Kevin Farley McCarthy, a RAND researcher who worked on projects ranging from immigration to the arts, died March 17, 2015. His work helped cities, states, judiciaries, and museums address some of their most difficult issues.

    Mar 20, 2015

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    Is Geographic Clustering Driving Political Polarization?

    The ideological gap separating the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress has grown dramatically wider in recent decades. An analysis of the presidential vote in congressional districts over the last 60 years finds that the degree to which most districts are different from the “average” district has grown, supporting the theory that polarization stems from geographic clustering.

    Mar 3, 2015

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    Is Geographic Clustering of Voters Driving Rising Polarization in Congress?

    Over the last 40 years, the geographic distribution of the American electorate has become more clustered with respect to party voting, college attainment, median family income, and the marriage rate. This is responsible for an estimated 30 percent of the increase in polarization in the House of Representatives over time.

    Feb 17, 2015

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    A Growing and Aging Population: Global Societal Trends to 2030

    An analysis of the changing demographic profile of the world's population and major trends can help the EU anticipate future challenges. These trends relate chiefly to overall population growth, population decline in Europe, and, in the future, in other parts of the world.

    Feb 12, 2015

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    An Analysis of Global Societal Trends to 2030 and Their Impact on the EU

    In an attempt to better coordinate strategic decision-making in response to the global trends of the future, and their impact on the EU, the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) was established in 2010. RAND Europe’s assessment of global societal trends aims to untangle these complex relationships, as one of three major areas being examined in the second phase of the ESPAS project: namely society, the economy, and governance and power.

    Nov 27, 2014

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    Designing a System for Collecting Policy-Relevant Data for the Kurdistan Region — Iraq: Arabic-language version

    Surveys the availability of reliable policy-relevant data in the Kurdistan Region -- Iraq, identifies the high-priority areas for which more data are required, and develops guidance for a system to collect and disseminate these data on an ongoing basis.

    May 23, 2014

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    Mexicans Work and Work, But Will Retirement Work for Them?

    This Window on the World illustrates the demographic trends that lie ahead for Mexico whose elderly population is projected to increase 370 percent by 2050.

    May 14, 2014

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    Designing a System for Collecting Policy-Relevant Data for the Kurdistan Region — Iraq

    Surveys the availability of reliable policy-relevant data in the Kurdistan Region -- Iraq, identifies the high-priority areas for which more data are required, and develops guidance for a system to collect and disseminate these data on an ongoing basis.

    Apr 18, 2014

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    RAND Summer Institute July 7–10, 2014

    Applications are being accepted now through March 21 for the 21st annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI), a pair of conferences on aging that will be held next July 7–10 at the RAND Corporation headquarters in Santa Monica.

    Oct 22, 2013

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    Could Britain See a Baby Boom?

    The royal birth comes at a time when fertility in Britain is increasing after decades of decline. Today, the U.K.'s total fertility rate, a proxy for the average number of children per women in a given year, is the third highest in Europe behind only France and Ireland.

    Jul 31, 2013

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    The Value of Uncertainty: Assessing Global Societal Trends

    When planning for the future, we should understand that the capacity to predict the future is rather limited and poor. Rather, an ability to anticipate plausible trends and their potential consequences is more realistic, writes Stijn Hoorens.

    May 9, 2013

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    Comparing Marital Status and Divorce Status in Civilian and Military Populations

    Since military operations began in Afghanistan and Iraq, lengthy deployments have led to concerns about the vulnerability of military marriages.

    Dec 1, 2012

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    The Inequality Debate: The United States versus China

    The inequality debate should focus more on the sources and reasons for inequality, and less on how much inequality there is, or how much it has changed, writes Charles Wolf, Jr.

    Jun 4, 2012

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    RAND Review: Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2012

    Stories cover Iran's nuclear threat, social security in Mexico, programs for veterans, crime costs, U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, the health insurance mandate, legal defense, marijuana legalization, global education, and Louisiana's coastal planning.

    May 11, 2012

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