Market Regulation

  • Blog

    Michelle Obama Shouldn't Be the Only One Fighting Obesity

    To identify the policies that will make a big fat dent in obesity rates, we first need an accurate diagnosis: Americans are overweight and obese because they are inundated with too much food. The use of impulse marketing strategies has skyrocketed, with invitations to indulge at every turn.

    Jan 17, 2014

  • Blog

    The Feds' Role After Legalization

    Since Colorado and Washington allow profit-maximizing firms to grow and sell marijuana, there is concern they will use advertising to promote consumption by heavy users. With help from the federal government, the states will be better positioned to head off the negative consequences associated with commercialization.

    Jan 15, 2014

  • Project

    Examining Analytic Tools to Evaluate Policies for Market Transformations

    Limiting climate change requires a transformation of energy and transportation systems. RAND researchers designed a policy simulation tool and supporting decision framework to examine how alternative designs of market-based policy instruments might or might not facilitate such transformations.

    Sep 24, 2013

  • Report

    Modeling Industry Transformation and the Political Sustainability of Emission Control Policies

    Limiting climate change will require transformation of energy and other systems. A new model that uses Robust Decision Making tools enables decisionmakers to compare the long-term sustainability of alternative carbon emission reduction policies.

    Sep 6, 2013

  • Blog

    Big Tobacco vs. Tobacco Regulation and Control: An Even Match?

    Anti-tobacco policies that have clear scientific support will strengthen the FDA's regulatory position. While the evidence base is solid in this area, it needs to be much stronger and broader if the TCA is going to have any lasting success against the industry.

    Aug 26, 2013

  • Report

    Availability of Novel and Niche Tobacco and Nicotine Products Varies Across EU

    The evidence on the availability and use in Europe of diverse tobacco and nicotine products such as waterpipes and new products such as electronic cigarettes or dissolvable smokeless tobacco is patchy, with high variability in both the quality of data and the regulatory environment.

    Jun 28, 2013

  • Report

    Hedge Funds, Systemic Risk, and Dodd-Frank: The Road Ahead

    These proceedings summarize the key themes and issues raised during a September 2012 RAND symposium. Discussion focused on how hedge funds might contribute to systemic risk and the extent to which recent financial reforms address these risks.

    Jun 12, 2013

  • Report

    Anti-Corruption Regulations in Emerging and Expeditionary Markets: New Markets, New Challenges

    This document synthesizes the discussion from a roundtable symposium RAND convened in January 2012 to explore the practical difficulties facing companies in complying with anti-corruption mandates and the challenges of corruption in foreign markets.

    Jun 15, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Sunday Liquor Laws and Crime

    This paper analyzes the effects of legalization of Sunday packaged liquor sales on crime, focusing on the phased introduction of such sales in Virginia beginning in 2004.

    Feb 1, 2012

  • Journal Article

    Responsiveness and Satisfaction with Providers and Carriers in a Safety Net Insurance Program: Evidence from Georgia's Medical Insurance for the Poor

    Relying on private insurance companies to deliver public programs in middle-income settings may impact provider responsiveness and indicate the need for continuous monitoring and regulation.

    Oct 1, 2011

  • Report

    Policy Implications of Convergence in the Online Content Market

    The independent telecommunication regulator of the Netherlands, OPTA, commissioned RAND Europe to explore convergence in the market for digital information and communication. The research report assesses the consequences for telecommunication regulators and regulation and explores specific issues, such as spectrum policy and net neutrality, with the ultimate goal of drawing useful lessons from approaches applied in United States, United Kingdom and South Korea.

    May 23, 2011

  • Report

    Assessing the Impacts of Revising the EU Tobacco Products Directive

    The European Commission is considering revising its Tobacco Products Directive and commissioned RAND Europe to help assess the key health, social, and economic impacts of five policy options under consideration. The study used a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, including rapid evidence reviews and econometric and health-economic modelling techniques, to assess the economic and health effects of future regulation.

    Mar 8, 2011

  • Blog

    The Secret Briefing Obama Needs on Day One

    A select few Americans will ever see the president's daily brief -- a digest of the intelligence community's most closely guarded secrets. But trust me, Barack Obama is going to need much more useful information than he is getting now, writes Gregory F. Treverton.

    Jan 22, 2009

  • Report

    The Effect of Regulation on Pharmaceutical Revenues in Nineteen Countries

    As developed countries have trended towards increased regulation of pharmaceuticals, manufacturer revenues have fallen - the size of the impact correlating with the degree of the change in regulation. This could mean a pharmaceutical revenue reduction by as much as 20.3 percent for a largely unregulated market like the U.S.

    Jan 9, 2009

  • Content

    Kauffman-RAND Institute Assesses Impact of Regulation on Small Businesses

    The Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy endeavors to assess and improve legal and regulatory policymaking for small businesses.

    Jan 29, 2008

  • News Release

    RAND Study Examines the Effect of Policy on Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses

    An improved understanding of the effects of regulation on small businesses will help lawmakers develop policy designed to advance entrepreneurship.

    Dec 11, 2007

  • Blog

    Steer a Smarter Course Than Specific Mileage Goals

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Steer a Smarter Course Than Specific Mileage Goals, in the Detroit Free Press.

    Mar 16, 2007

  • Blog

    A Desired Epidemic: Obesity and the Food Industry

    Published commentary by RAND staff: A Desired Epidemic: Obesity and the Food Industry, in

    Feb 21, 2007

  • Blog

    Flooded with Food

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Flooded with Food, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Jan 7, 2007

  • Report

    Assessing Indirect Impacts of the EC Proposals for Video Regulation

    RAND Europe advised UK communications regulator, Ofcom, on the indirect impacts of European proposals for Internet video regulation on three multimedia sectors (computer games, mobile and Internet Protocol TV). The report assesses the effect of the proposed regulation on investment and market structure, including net neutrality and Web2.0 type services. RAND Europe concludes that the EC proposals require more definitional certainty to prevent unforeseen adverse consequences.

    Sep 12, 2006