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RAND work in law, business, and regulation includes analyses of alternative dispute resolution, asbestos litigation, workers' compensation, insurance, and other civil justice matters. This research often has implications for the private sector, such as entrepreneurs facing legal and regulatory hurdles, or multinational corporations dealing with corporate ethics and governance issues.

  • Judge Merrick Garland speaks after President Obama announced him as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, March 16, 2016, photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    Commentary

    A Spotlight on the Supreme Court, and Its Vacancy

    Jul 19, 2016

    More than four months have passed since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In a time of contentious politics, a clear majority of Americans want the court to have a full bench. But they appear unlikely to get it soon.

  • A man enters a polling station as voters take part in the final 2016 U.S. Democratic primary in Washington, DC, photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters

    Report

    How Might Clinton and Trump Fare in the General Election?

    Jul 18, 2016

    Data from primary season suggest that Hillary Clinton will likely succeed in uniting her supporters and in-party castaways during the general election. Donald Trump may face a more challenging situation.

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  • Sergeant First Class Steven Davila listens to a spokesperson for the Department of Veteran Affairs at a job fair in New York City, March 28, 2012

    Commentary

    From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Transferring Veterans' Skills to the Civilian Labor Market

    The number of returning veterans will grow to 4.2 million — a robust talent pool that can be an asset to the civilian workforce. Resources must continue to be invested in translating their skills, certification and licensing, and comprehensive career counseling.

    Aug 26, 2016

  • A senior man working on a tablet

    Commentary

    Living Longer, Working Longer

    When people live longer, the costs of Social Security and Medicare increase and threaten the sustainability of these programs. Households also worry about how to finance more retirement years. But people are working longer, and if they continue to do so, they will reduce some of the problems.

    Aug 25, 2016

  • High school students taking a computer class

    Commentary

    Getting Technical: Preparing High School Students for the Workforce America Needs

    With expected growth in fields such as computers, engineering, and health care, employers and policymakers have a vested interest in ensuring access to high-quality career and technical education programs so that America's high school students are prepared to meet future employment needs.

    Aug 25, 2016

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    RAND and Lawrence Livermore National Lab Combine High-Performance Computing and Public Policy Analysis for ...

    A workshop demonstrated how RAND's innovative analytic methods supported by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's advanced computing capabilities can improve decision and policymaking for particularly complex issues like water resource management.

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Report

    Implementing a Drug Formulary for California's Workers' Compensation Program

    This report supports the California Division of Workers' Compensation's efforts to establish a drug formulary by comparing existing workers' compensation formularies and analyzing options for designing and implementing the formulary.

    Aug 25, 2016

  • The Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower

    Report

    Using High-Performance Computing to Support Water Resource Planning

    Researchers from RAND and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory tested five different water management portfolios such as conservation, groundwater and seawater desalination, and water reuse, against thousands of scenarios reflecting uncertainty about future climate change and development patterns.

    Aug 25, 2016

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    RAND Review: September-October 2016

    This issue highlights transgender personnel in the U.S. military; promising evidence on personalized learning in U.S. classrooms; a Q&A on gaming and public policy; excerpts from John Lewis' Pardee RAND commencement address, and more.

    Aug 25, 2016

  • Workers working in a factory

    Commentary

    Back to Work: Middle-Skill Jobs in the STEM Economy

    The STEM economy will grow by 17 percent through 2018, with expected job vacancies totaling 2.4 million. Middle-skill STEM jobs that require associate's degrees or occupational certifications—such as computer support specialists, web developers, and engineering technicians—are in the highest demand.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • Cyber illustration of a judge's gavel

    Commentary

    The Future of Cyber Investigations at the FBI Is Unclear

    Evidence presented by the FBI in the case of U.S. v. Jay Michaud was excluded because the agency was unwilling to reveal the software exploit used to collect it. If the FBI exposes its capabilities, other criminals can patch their computers, but concealing its techniques risks the ability to prosecute cyber criminals.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, July 20, 2016

    Commentary

    What Erdogan and Khomeini Have in Common

    The analogy between Islamist Iran and a possibly soon-to-be Islamist Turkey is not perfect. But there are striking similarities between the state of affairs in Turkey today and the 1979 revolution in Iran that established the Islamic Republic.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • Midtown Manhatten, New York City

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    Scholars At Work

    RAND is conducting a year-long, multi-method study that will assess whether the Scholars at Work program is effectively preparing youth in New York City for opportunities in the labor market.

    Aug 24, 2016

  • A man working at a 3D printer

    Commentary

    Evolving 21st-Century Workplace and the American Workforce: Trends and Policy Responses

    Three trends have important implications for the future of work: a shifting demography toward older workers, more women, and more diversity; continuing technological change that will increase the demand for skilled workers; and increased globalization.

    Aug 23, 2016

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    Air Force Management of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund: Opportunities for Improvement

    Using insights from interviews, legislation, and policy, this report develops a decision framework that will help the U.S. Air Force's Director of Acquisition Career Management improve management of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.

    Aug 23, 2016

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    Review of Six DFID-funded Growth Research Programmes: Main report

    The Department for International Development in the UK provided funding to organisations focused on economic growth research over the last years. This review compared six programmes over time, against each other, and against relevant benchmarks.

    Aug 23, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Factors Associated with Family Reports of Pain, Dyspnea, and Depression in the Last Year of Life

    Family reports of patients' experiences with pain, difficult breathing, and depression near the end of life suggest strategies at the clinical and population level for assessing and managing symptoms.

    Aug 23, 2016

  • Job seekers wait to enter a job fair in downtown Denver, Colorado, March 13, 2014

    Commentary

    Labor Day Blog Series: American Worker

    To celebrate Labor Day, the American Worker series of commentaries offers research, reflections, and policy insights on a variety of topics that affect American workers.

    Aug 22, 2016

  • Marijuana on U.S. twenty dollar bills

    Commentary

    Promises and Pitfalls of Cannabis Taxes

    Setting the cannabis tax should not be considered a one-time event. Smart jurisdictions will revise their decisions over time to incorporate new data about taxes, testing, and the cannabis plant itself — without being influenced by those seeking to maximize profits.

    Aug 22, 2016

  • U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the FY2016 budget at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, February 2, 2015

    Commentary

    President Obama's Controversial Legacy as Counterterrorism-in-Chief

    There were no attacks like 9/11 during Obama's eight years in office. But there were plenty of terrorist adversaries. While he will be judged in part for his domestic achievements, Obama's counterterrorism choices are a major part of his legacy.

    Aug 22, 2016

  • People wait in line for the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, October 7, 2014

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    American Worker Blog Series

    The American Worker series explores critical topics that affect America's workforce, including changing workforce demographics, international trade, and inequality in the labor market.

    Aug 22, 2016

  • Veteran filling out job application

    Report

    More Research Would Inform Innovative Approaches to Veteran Employment

    While the aim of veteran employment programs is to help veterans transition to civilian jobs, their impact is unclear. RAND hosted two workshops to recommend improvements to veteran employment opportunities and identify research gaps.

    Aug 22, 2016