Economic Planning

Economic planning is the process policymakers undertake to ensure the generation, sharing, and consumption of wealth. RAND has examined the economic planning at local and national levels, the economic cycles that result, and the political issues surrounding the economic planning process.

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    Improving DHS Accountability for Acquisitions

    As the House of Representatives considers legislation that would reform the Department of Homeland Security's acquisitions process, an important issues come to the forefront—the need for accountability in the acquisitions process.

    Apr 22, 2014

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    U.S. Debt Could Reduce U.S. Global Influence in the Future

    The United States still has the economic muscle to shape important aspects of the international environment, but high government debt in the future may undermine its economic instruments of power and its ability to influence global conditions through nonmilitary means.

    Sep 16, 2013

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    U.S. Debt Could Reduce U.S. Global Influence in the Future

    The United States still has the economic muscle to shape important aspects of the international environment, but high government debt in the future may undermine its economic instruments of power and its ability to influence global conditions through nonmilitary means.

    Sep 16, 2013

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    An Outline of Strategies for Building an Innovation System for Knowledge City - Chinese Translation (traditional characters)

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report (translated into traditional Chinese characters) outlines a strategy to help the city attract and retain high-tech firms and their workers.

    Jul 26, 2013

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    Tax the Nonprofits: A Modest Proposal

    Charles Wolf asks: Can the NPO sector contribute to easing the U.S. fiscal imbalance, while helping rather than hindering the dynamic free enterprise system, and retaining societal benefits provided by nonprofits?

    Mar 6, 2013

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    Reducing the Cost and Risk of Major Acquisitions at the Department of Homeland Security

    Widespread cost, schedule, and performance shortfalls point to ongoing and expensive problems in the Department of Homeland Security acquisition process. Providing a common problem definition, conceptual framework, and recommendations that DHS officials can use should help improve efficiency and effectiveness.

    Feb 28, 2013

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    U.S. 'Soft Power' Abroad Is Losing Its Punch

    America's fiscal predicament and the seeming inability of its political system to resolve these matters may be taking a toll on the instruments of U.S. “soft power” and on the country's ability to shape international developments in ways that serve American interests, writes C. Richard Neu.

    Feb 8, 2013

  • U.S. Army soldier and security force team member maintains security on the street during a key leader engagement in the Lash-e Juwayn district of Farah province, Afghanistan.

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    Big Defense Cuts Are Coming, Regardless of the Fiscal Cliff

    The prudent approach is to decide on a strategic direction that provides a framework for prioritizing which forces and equipment the United States should preserve and determining which can be trimmed or eliminated with limited risk to security, write Stuart Johnson and Irv Blickstein.

    Dec 28, 2012

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    Economic Battle Royale: Infrastructure Spending vs. Austerity

    At RAND's Politics Aside event, Robert Hormats, undersecretary of state for economic growth, energy and environment, goes toe to toe with Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps on whether the government should spend on infrastructure to bolster the economy or cut spending.

    Dec 26, 2012

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    Can Austerity Fix the Economy?

    At RAND's Politics Aside event, Reuters Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans moderates a discussion on whether the government should slash or boost spending to try to bolster the economy that includes Nobel laureate Edmund Phelps and Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats.

    Dec 11, 2012

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    Bad Stats Skew Defense Needs

    The urgency with which the fiscal cliff question must be addressed should not excuse faulty calculations when it comes to the U.S. military's operational and personnel needs, write Tim Bonds and Lauren Skrabala.

    Dec 7, 2012

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    Window on the World: Elections and Other Leadership Transitions in 2012

    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.

    Sep 21, 2012

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    An Outline of Strategies for Building an Innovation System for Knowledge City: Chinese Translation (simplified characters)

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report (translated into simplified Chinese characters) outlines a strategy to help the city attract and retain high-tech firms and their workers.

    Sep 20, 2012

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    Strategies for Building an Innovation System for China's Knowledge City

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. RAND worked with GDD to outline a set of strategies to help the city attract and retain high-tech firms and workers and to ensure the availability of innovation-oriented financing.

    Sep 20, 2012

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    Creating an Innovation System for Knowledge City: Chinese Translation

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report analyzes innovation systems and outlines the steps GDD will need to take to make Knowledge City a success.

    Sep 20, 2012

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    Creating an Innovation System for Knowledge City

    Knowledge City is a planned environmentally and technologically advanced city in China's Guangzhou Development District. This report analyzes innovation systems and outlines the steps GDD will need to take to make Knowledge City a success.

    Sep 20, 2012

  • Journal Article

    The Impact of Economic Resource Transfers to Women Versus Men: A Systematic Review

    This systematic review examined the question: what is the evidence of the impact on family well-being of giving economic resources to women relative to the impact of giving them to men?

    Jul 1, 2012

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    Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Can Help Europe Be More Competitive

    Europe has been slower than the U.S., Korea, or Japan to capture the full benefits of the Internet economy. Investing in new technologies and applications has considerable economic potential for Europe, but only if some tough choices are made and barriers to EU international competitiveness can be overcome.

    Jun 19, 2012

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    Is Publicly Funded R&D Investment the Best Way Out of the European Financial Crisis?

    Publicly funded R&D investment is a coherent policy to support long term economic growth. Our only note of caution is about how far and how fast that growth can be delivered because the evidence we have is out of date and skewed towards the experience of just one country, write Jonathan Grant and Jon Sussex.

    Nov 29, 2011

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    Applying Labor Economics to Policing Management

    An innovative econometric approach developed by RAND Europe allows researchers to estimate crime rates and the number of police officers needed to control crime in Britain, and offers local governments the opportunity to consider how to save money on policing while still maintaining public safety.

    Jul 20, 2011

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