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    Effective Disclosures in Financial Decisionmaking

    Financial service providers often have better information about their wares than consumers. Disclosure is a policy tool designed to address this by giving consumers valuable information. But it may not provide enough support in helping them make more informed decisions.

    Oct 12, 2015

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    Do Young 'Elites' Favor Income Redistribution?

    Young “elites” — employed Americans who are 40 or younger, with high household incomes and graduate degrees — and especially Democratic elites have a strong preference for income redistribution.

    Oct 8, 2015

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    Financial Advice Markets: A Cross-Country Comparison

    This review compares financial advice markets in a cross-section of countries where regulatory changes aimed at improving the quality of financial advice have recently been made, to determine how such changes have affected them.

    Oct 8, 2015

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    Do Financial Advisers Influence Savings Behavior?

    This report reviews evidence from the research literature about whether working with a financial adviser improves savings behavior, in general, as well as saving for long-term goals, particularly retirement.

    Oct 8, 2015

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    Journal Article

    Measuring How Stock Ownership Affects Which Judges and Justices Hear Cases

    Under the federal judicial recusal rules, judges and justices who directly own stock in companies must recuse themselves in cases involving those companies.

    Sep 14, 2015

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    Pay as You Go

    Using vehicle miles traveled as a means of distributing the cost of maintaining America's roads and bridges may not be the only answer. But it represents the kind of innovative thinking that is necessary when this sector of the American transportation infrastructure is desperately in need of a fix.

    Jul 22, 2015

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    How to Improve Oregon's Mileage-Fee Experiment

    Oregon is rolling out the nation's first large-scale pilot to examine switching to a mileage fee instead of the gas tax. The trial is a welcome next step toward understanding how mileage fees can be deployed.

    Jul 7, 2015

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    Financial Literacy and the Cost of Ignorance

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, Economist Annamaria Lusardi discusses financial literacy, or the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively. The podcast also explores workplace programs and policy changes that could help individuals learn about managing their personal finances.

    Jun 18, 2015

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    A Survey of Terrorist Financing: Addendum

    Document submitted on June 12, 2015 as an addendum to testimony presented before the House Financial Services Committee, Task Force to Investigate Terrorist Financing on April 22, 2015.

    Jun 15, 2015

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    Evaluating conditional cash transfer programmes: The case of Bolsa Familia

    Summary of report examining factors affecting quality of implementation of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) programme Bolsa Familia.

    Apr 30, 2015

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    Improving Financial Decisionmaking

    RAND Labor and Population conducts research related to financial decisionmaking, including how individuals and families plan for retirement, choose health insurance, and survive during periods of economic uncertainty.

    Apr 29, 2015

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    Potential Economic Effects on Individual Retirement Account Markets and Investors of DOL's Proposed Rule Concerning the Definition of a 'Fiduciary'

    This paper examines the potential effects of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration's proposed rule 29 CFR Part 2510, Definition of the Term "Fiduciary" on people with Individual Retirement Accounts.

    Apr 28, 2015

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    Breaking the Bank: Undermining Terrorist Financing

    Undermining the financing of terrorist groups must be done as part of a broader effort to undermine terrorist ideology. Policies should focus on the most significant threats to the United States and utilize tools that target the ways these groups finance themselves.

    Apr 22, 2015

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    Paying People to Change Behavior in the UK: Lessons from Latin America

    Policymakers in Western countries seeking new policy levers to tackle costly lifestyle behaviors in the age of austerity may do well to take up programs based on cash incentives. Recent analysis of conditional payment programs in Latin America highlights some useful lessons.

    Mar 30, 2015

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    Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    Conditional cash transfer programs (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 program 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.

    Mar 30, 2015

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    Feasibility Study on Analysing Foreign Funding of Islamic Institutions in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) asked RAND Europe to provide an assessment of the feasibility of conducting a full analysis of the size, scope and potential influence of foreign funding to Islamic institutions in the Netherlands.

    Mar 13, 2015

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    Future of Coastal Flooding

    President Obama's executive order that directs federal agencies to plan and build for higher flood levels as they construct new projects in flood-prone regions will affect hundreds of billions of dollars of future public works projects. In an ideal world, planners would estimate the benefits and costs for each project, taking into account everything from the details of the local landscape to the potential for adaptive responses over time.

    Feb 25, 2015

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    Defense Working Capital Fund Pricing in the Defense Finance and Accounting Service: A Useful, but Limited, Tool

    RAND researchers consider the advantages and disadvantages of funding the Defense Finance and Accounting Service through a Defense Working Capital Fund versus using direct appropriations.

    Feb 16, 2015

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    How Do Management Fees Affect Retirement Wealth Under Mexico's Personal Retirement Accounts System?

    In 1997, Mexico transformed its pay-as-you-go social security system to a fully funded system with personal retirement accounts, including management fees. This article examines changes in retirement wealth resulting from this new system.

    Feb 16, 2015

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    Growth Versus Equality: Striking the Right Balance

    There's a difficult trade-off between income equality and the growth that comes from successful innovation. But one doesn't have to overwhelm the other.

    Jan 30, 2015