Economic Policy

Economic policies are the end results of economic planning: the decisions governments make to influence the production, consumption, and sharing of wealth. RAND research has explored economic policies from the local to the international level, including their effects on international trade and foreign relations, their relation to policies focusing on public health and the environment, and their impact on economic growth and recessions.

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    Sen. Elizabeth Dole Urges Graduates to Use Storytelling to Advance Policy

    Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.

    Jun 24, 2014

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    Evaluation of the Population and Poverty Research Initiative (PopPov)

    To what extent has the Population and Poverty Research Initiative (PopPov) achieved its goals of building and advancing the field of economic demography, increasing policymakers' recognition of the value of lowering population growth rates and investing in family planning, and strengthening research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa?

    May 5, 2014

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    Happy 80th Birthday, 'GDP' — Is It Not Time to Retire?

    While there are merits to using GDP, it is clear that it fails to measure several important potential externalities to economic growth, such as environmental damage, poor working conditions, or violations of privacy rights.

    Feb 6, 2014

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    Evaluation of the Population and Poverty Research Initiative (PopPov): Executive Summary

    This report evaluates the Population and Poverty Research Initiative (PopPov) and its progress in building economic demography, particularly policy-relevant research; policymakers' understanding of issues; and research capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Jan 20, 2014

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    RAND's Impact in the Middle East

    Provides an overview of RAND's impact in the Middle East in the areas of education, health and health care, labor market reform and private-sector development, energy and environment, capacity-building, and planning for the future.

    Jan 15, 2014

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    The Role of Economic Development Zones in National Development Strategies: The Case of China

    Based on a systematic review of the historical data and policies for economic development zones in China, this dissertation creates a unique classification system for the development path of these zones and identified four distinct phases.

    Oct 18, 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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    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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    Emerging Infrastructure Financing Mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa

    This dissertation explores the ramifications and the policy implications of infrastructure investments in Sub-Saharan Africa by "non-traditional" sources: the private sector and emerging countries, especially China.

    Sep 9, 2013

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    Japan’s Sun May Be Rising

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans for reviving Japan's economy after two decades of stagnation differ sharply from the policies pursued by the United States and the European Union to recover from the deep recession of 2008–2009.

    Aug 9, 2013

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    The EU Can Save Billions

    The common policies of the EU countries have paid off. For the first time, there are euro and cent calculations to prove that the transferal of policies to the EU level, and their funding through the EU, actually saves national governments money.

    Jul 11, 2013

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    Fighting Fit? Why Europe Needs Fewer Soldiers

    If greater co-ordination were possible across European nations — allied to a more professional cadre of soldiers — far fewer troops would be required, writes Matt Bassford. A reduction in land forces could deliver savings of approximately €6.5 billion in wage costs alone.

    Jul 11, 2013

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    The EU Can Save Billions

    The common policies of the EU countries have paid off. For the first time, there are euro and cent calculations to prove that the transferal of policies to the EU level, and their funding through the EU, actually saves national governments money.

    Jul 11, 2013

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    Measuring research: A guide to research evaluation frameworks and tools

    This report provides a guide to the key considerations and trade-offs involved in developing an approach to research evaluation, based on a review of research evaluation frameworks and tools used internationally.

    Jun 30, 2013

  • Research Brief

    Developing a research evaluation framework

    Research funders, policy makers and researchers themselves need to evaluate research. This brief presents a decision tree to help develop a research evaluation framework to suit a particular purpose and context, from national down to program level.

    Jun 30, 2013

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    Austerity and Stimulus—Two Misfires

    The experience to date strongly suggests that the reactions and behavior of private investors and consumers to stimulus in the U.S. and austerity in the EU critically affected each policy's tarnished record, writes Charles Wolf.

    May 22, 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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    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

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    How Can Economic and Political Ties Between U.S. and Mexico be Strengthened? (Spanish translation)

    This study identifies areas that are negatively affecting U.S.-Mexico relations and suggests that the two countries might take a binational approach to improving their long-term partnership.

    Jan 25, 2013

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    Options for Collecting Revenue from Legal Marijuana

    Potential tax rates and revenues have been a common theme in discussions about legalizing marijuana. However, policy goals, types of taxes, and components of revenue are also important to consider.

    Jan 1, 2013