Law and Business


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.

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    Internet Technology Could Aid Police, Courts, and Prisons

    Aug 17, 2015

    New Internet-based technology may aid criminal justice agencies through promising tools, such as better criminal databases, remotely conducted trials, and electronic monitoring of parolees. But many of the developments raise issues related to civil rights, privacy, and cybersecurity that must be addressed.

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    Warriors in the Civilian Workforce: Helping Veterans Transition

    Oct 28, 2015

    ​Americans who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to face higher jobless rates than nonveterans. A growing body of RAND research has sought to identify what can help get more of them back on the job.

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    Set Politics Aside and Join the Conversation

    Politics Aside is a postelection event that engages policymakers, opinion leaders, philanthropists, and RAND's leading thinkers in a nonpartisan examination of pressing policy challenges. Proceeds support RAND's Investment in People and Ideas program.

    Nov 11, 2016

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    Policy Options for Covering High-Cost Cures

    Strategic behavior by health insurers could unravel the market for curative therapies for chronic diseases. The cost of these cures is front-loaded, but the benefits build up over time. Thus, insurers might try to delay treatment or avoid patients who need it, in the hope that they change insurers.

    May 3, 2016

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    What Makes Stakeholders Want to Become Involved in Research?

    Involving stakeholders in comparative-effectiveness research is important. But competing demands for their time can make this a challenge. Why do stakeholders get involved in this research, or not?

    May 2, 2016

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    Retirement Benefits and Teacher Retention: A Structural Modeling Approach

    The authors develop and estimate a stochastic dynamic programming model to analyze the relationship between compensation, including retirement benefits, and retention over the career of Chicago public school teachers.

    May 2, 2016

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    RAND Review: May-June 2016

    This issue highlights integrative medicine and the future of health care; the RAND American Life Panel; a commentary on how to expedite the process of resolving open cases at Guantánamo Bay; women soldiers on the special ops battlefield; and more.

    May 2, 2016

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    Not All Changes Are Equal: Assessing How Different Pension Policies Can Impact Teacher Retention

    RAND researchers developed a dynamic retention model to estimate and analyze the relationship between different retirement benefit policies and retention over the career of Chicago public school teachers.

    May 2, 2016

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    Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know

    A crisp, clear, and comprehensive non-partisan primer about the topic of marijuana legalization, covering everything from the risks and benefits of using marijuana, to describing the current laws around the drug in the United States and abroad. This second edition details the potential gains and losses from legalization and explores the "middle ground" options between prohibition and commercialized production.

    May 2, 2016

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    Science and the Healing Arts

    Americans spend billions of dollars out of pocket seeking relief from chronic conditions in alternative schools of health, such as acupuncture or chiropractic. What would it take to more fully integrate such practices into the mainstream?

    Apr 29, 2016

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    Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training: A Resource for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members

    This reference card helps veterans and military personnel translate the nontechnical skills they learned in the services into language that civilian employers can understand.

    Apr 29, 2016

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    Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training

    A concise reference card identifies many of the potential skills that transitioning service members and veterans have learned in formal, in-residence professional military training programs. This tool was created to help better evaluate résumés, conduct interviews, and make informed hiring decisions by increasing awareness of skills veterans have to offer.

    Apr 29, 2016

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    Developing the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index: Toward a Global Standardized, Quantitative, and Transparent Resource Assessment

    To provide information to agencies and efforts focused on food, water, and energy resources, the RAND Corporation developed the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Security Index. This report serves as the technical documentation for the index.

    Apr 28, 2016

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    Public Funding of Medical Research Pays for Itself

    Public and charity spending on medical research in the UK stimulates the private sector to spend more on R&D, not less. Each pound of public funding leads to an additional 99 pence investment from the private sector.

    Apr 27, 2016

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    What Is Being Done in Europe to Get Mothers Back to Work?

    Helping mothers get back to work has many benefits. It supports women's economic independence, helps reduce the gender pay gap, and boosts the economy. Perhaps most importantly, it could keep more children out of poverty.

    Apr 26, 2016

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    What Do Stakeholders Say About Comparative-Effectiveness Research?

    Insurers, employers, and industry are some of the stakeholder groups that are critical to the success of comparative-effectiveness research. Current research models may not provide stakeholders with all the information they need to support their involvement.

    Apr 25, 2016

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    The Role of the European Social Fund in Supporting Childcare

    Formal childcare has many benefits for young children and can also help parents return to work. The European Social Fund can help create programs for parents to engage in education, training, and employment while providing childcare services for their children.

    Apr 25, 2016

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    Developing Long-Term Socioeconomic Strategy in Israel

    Israel faces economic and social challenges. The government has not developed and implemented strategic responses to socioeconomic problems that demand longer-term policy action. How can it form and implement a socioeconomic strategy and take a long-term view of these issues?

    Apr 25, 2016

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    Police and Crime Commissioners: Why Should We Care?

    Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected officials in the UK who oversee local policing and crime. Although they have significant, growing powers that affect everyone, public awareness about PCCs is low.

    Apr 21, 2016

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    Xi's Purge of the Military Prepares the Chinese Army for Confrontation

    Xi Jinping is relying on an unprecedented anti-corruption campaign, echoing Mao Zedong's dictum that “the party commands the gun,” and implementing a sweeping reorganization of the PLA to ensure his personal dominance over the military and to strengthen its ability to deter or win future wars.

    Apr 21, 2016

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    Tunisia Is an Arab Spring Success Story

    Tunisia has not unraveled into civil war like Syria or Libya. It has not undergone a counter-revolution that returned it to the autocracy of its pre-revolution days, like Egypt has. Tunisia is fragile, but its success is vital to the long-term stability and societal health of the Middle East.

    Apr 21, 2016

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    Health Care Experiences of Latino Children in Emerging and Traditional Destinations

    Health care experiences of Latino children living in areas of the United States with newly expanding Latino populations do not differ significantly from their peers in more established Latino communities.

    Apr 21, 2016