Human Capital Investments

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    China's Incomplete Military Transformation

    Although the People's Liberation Army has made impressive progress over the past 20 years, it still suffers from a number of potentially serious problems. Understanding its weaknesses — particularly what PLA officers themselves see as the most important shortcomings — is just as critical as studying its strengths.

    Mar 18, 2015

  • News Release

    China's Military Modernization Efforts Fall Short; Significant Weaknesses Remain

    Although the drive by the People's Republic of China to modernize its military has been underway for more than two decades, significant weaknesses remain in two broad categories: institutional and combat capabilities.

    Feb 16, 2015

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    A Principal Role in Education

    Principals are second only to teachers as the most important school factor affecting student achievement, but their contributions are often underappreciated. They establish a vision that motivates the entire community, build a school culture that supports student learning, ensure resources are used effectively, and engage with the community.

    Nov 26, 2014

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    If You Want Ex-Cons to Be 'Productive Members of Society,' Ban the Box

    When an inmate is released, you often hear Americans say that he's “paid his debt” and can now become “a productive member of society.” But the reality is ex-cons pay for their crimes long after sentences end. On the outside, the stigma of incarceration makes it extremely difficult to land a job.

    Sep 5, 2014

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    RAND Review: Vol. 36, No. 3, Winter 2012-2013

    Stories discuss the promotion of tolerance and critical thinking in the Arab world through children's media, the challenges faced by the United States in an era of fiscal austerity, and promising models for measuring teacher performance.

    Feb 5, 2013

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    At "Ground Zero" Since 1950: NSF Strives to Sustain U.S. Leadership Role

    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.

    Feb 5, 2013

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    A Review of Workplace Wellness Programs

    Ninety-two percent of U.S. employers with 200 or more employees reported offering workplace wellness programs in 2009. However, participation remains limited; a 2010 survey suggests that typically less than 20 percent of eligible employees participate in wellness interventions.

    Nov 27, 2012

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    Encouraging Workforce Development in the Gulf States

    As Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama seek to expand their economies, employers will require highly literate workers with advanced technical skills. RAND has conducted extensive research on K-12, college, and vocational education in the United States and overseas, as well as the role of education in workforce development.

    Nov 1, 2012

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    Titus Galama Wins Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute on Aging

    RAND economist and PRGS professor Titus Galama has received an Independent Scientist Award from the National Institute on Aging, a prestigious career development award offered by the National Institutes of Health to foster the development of outstanding scientists.

    Oct 30, 2012

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    RAND Population Research Center

    The Population Research Center is a part of RAND Labor and Population. It is supported with funds from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), is dedicated to the scientific advancement of population studies in a period when demographic changes are creating especially complex theoretical and public policy issues. Its purpose is to provide a supportive setting in which a community of scholars can pursue population studies with the resources and facilities to produce the highest quality work.

    Sep 15, 2010

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    Alabama's Challenge: Better Prepared Workforce

    Alabama has made significant economic progress in recent decades, attracting car manufacturers and new industrial development. The state now has an opportunity to address some systemic challenges in education, health care, and workforce development to be competitive in a global economy, writes Melissa Flournoy.

    Jul 14, 2009

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    Facing Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century: Education and Labor Market Initiatives in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates: Executive Summary

    Overview of the education and labor market initiatives under way in four Arab nations -- Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates -- to address the challenges of developing their human capital for the 21st century global economy.

    Dec 22, 2008

  • Research Brief

    Addressing Human Capital Challenges: Assessing the Experiences of Four Countries in the Arab Region

    This research brief describes an analysis of the reform efforts of four Arab region nations (Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates) in response to human capital challenges they face in preparing their people to work in a global environment.

    Oct 11, 2008

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    Four Countries in the Middle East Face the Human Capital Challenges of the 21st Century

    Education and labor market initiatives are under way in Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates to address challenges of developing the human capital of their populations for the 21st century global economy, though better evaluation of the implemented reforms will be needed to determine their efficacy.

    Oct 7, 2008

  • News Release

    RAND Study Provides Primer for Using Economics to Help Guide Early Childhood Policy Initiatives

    A growing body of economic research suggests that public investment in early childhood programs may be able to lower public costs for social services by improving children's long-term welfare.

    May 12, 2008

  • Commentary

    A Laid-Off Child Is a Terrible Mind to Waste

    Published commentary by RAND staff: A Laid-Off Child Is a Terrible Mind to Waste, in Rediff.

    Nov 10, 2006

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    Preschool Pays Off

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Preschool Pays Off, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Sep 20, 2006

  • News Release

    RAND Study Finds Nonprofits Spend Much Time and Money Meeting Reporting Requirements

    July 12, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds Nonprofits Spend Much Time and Money Meeting Reporting Requirements.

    Jul 12, 2006

  • People

    Andriy Bega

    Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A., New York University

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    Susan Burkhauser

    Assistant Policy Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.S. in policy analysis and management, Cornell University