• Drug syringe and cooked heroin on a spoon with money in the background

    Journal Article

    The Price Elasticity of Demand for Heroin: Matched Longitudinal and Experimental Evidence

    This paper reports estimates of the price elasticity of demand for heroin based on a newly constructed dataset.

    Nov 25, 2015

  • An elderly person's hands on a doctor's desk next to a stethoscope


    What Happens If the ACA's Tax Credits Are Replaced with Premium Support?

    As policymakers consider alternatives to reduce the federal government's financial burden from providing subsidies under the ACA, they should consider the consequences for enrollees. Existing premium-support models yield considerable savings for the federal government but could create age and income disparities in coverage.

    Nov 24, 2015

  • Patients waiting to see a doctor


    Insurance Enrollment Holds Steady in Advance of the 2016 Open Enrollment Period

    Since September 2013, the number of people with health insurance coverage has increased by 16.6 million. But since the second ACA open enrollment period in February 2015, the number of people with coverage has remained relatively flat. The third open enrollment period began on November 1. Whether the number of uninsured will continue to decline remains an open question.

    Nov 12, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Do Employers Prefer Workers Who Attend For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from a Field Experiment

    This paper reports results from a resume-based field experiment designed to examine employer preferences for job applicants who attended for-profit colleges.

    Nov 10, 2015

  • Report

    Harnessing Private-Sector Innovation to Improve Health Insurance Exchanges

    In this paper, analysts consider privately facilitated health insurance exchanges to address some challenges and deepen the impact of health care reform. In this model, the private sector assumes responsibility for peripheral exchange functions.

    Nov 6, 2015

  • An Airbus A321 being assembled at the new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama, September 13, 2015


    The Prospective Impact of Airbus Industries on Mobile

    Austal USA's operations in Mobile, Alabama have benefited the broader region. Similarly, Airbus's hiring should have a net favorable impact on the region's economy, since the area does not appear to be at or near full employment.

    Oct 10, 2015

  • Woman using a digital tablet with an elderly man


    Bridging the Global Age Gap

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers hope for balancing the world's rapidly aging with its jobless youth. As long-term care for the elderly becomes a pressing need in many developed countries, services such as monitoring and reminding people to take their medications could be provided remotely from countries with an abundance of younger workers.

    Oct 8, 2015

  • Woman's finger on a calculator with laptop and mouse in the background


    Can the Cadillac Tax Be Made Less Regressive by Replacing It with an Exclusion Cap? Methods and Results

    Examines the effects of the Affordable Care Act's Cadillac tax versus an alternative tax, based on an exclusion gap, on families in different income ranges.

    Oct 8, 2015

  • Investors watch stock information at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, August 25, 2015


    China's Currency

    Much of the worry in the United States and elsewhere about China's currency “manipulation” is overblown because a less restricted yuan would more likely be overvalued than undervalued, thereby adversely affecting Chinese trade and exports.

    Sep 28, 2015

  • News Release

    Proportion of Young Female Anesthesiologists Increases, but Compensation Still Lower Than Male Colleagues

    An increasing number of young female physicians are becoming anesthesiologists. But their pay lags behind their male peers, even after accounting for differences, such as hours worked and experience.

    Sep 17, 2015

  • A senior man receives a consultation from his doctor


    Charging Older Adults Higher Premiums Could Cost Taxpayers

    Under the Affordable Care Act, older adults cannot be charged more than three times as much as 21- to 24-year-olds for the same plan. Changing this rule to 5-to-1 may not be a cost-effective way to encourage enrollment among the young and healthy.

    Sep 15, 2015

  • The San Antonio Reservoir, near San Francisco, California


    Creating a Smart Market for California Water

    A smart market approach could reduce the transaction costs of trading water in California, allow the price of water to better match its value, and bring that value to the state.

    Sep 13, 2015

  • Man watching subway train go past


    Examining the Socioeconomic Inclusion of Migrant EU Workers

    RAND Europe and Ecorys are examining the challenges and opportunities of the socioeconomic inclusion of migrant EU workers and their families at local level. This project will provide the European Commission with information on these challenges and opportunities within the framework of EU regulations on the coordination of social security systems.

    Sep 10, 2015

  • Businesswoman working late in an office


    One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

    Sep 4, 2015

  • Tourists walk past the entrance to the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 23, 2015


    Hurricane Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm

    This weekend marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. As the region struggled to cope and rebuild after the storm, RAND experts worked on solutions to the region's long-term challenges.

    Aug 27, 2015

  • Young men collaborating in a workshop at the Institute of Engineering and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, October 23, 2014


    Improving Mongolia's Labor Market and Enhancing Opportunities for Youth

    Despite a recent slowdown, Mongolia has experienced dramatic economic growth in the 2000s. Youth labor-market success is important to Mongolia's economic future. Insights from the challenges young Mongolians face, as well as their achievements and aspirations, can help inform policy.

    Aug 24, 2015

  • Calculator and stethoscope on a spreadsheet


    The Ramifications of Repealing the Individual Mandate

    As part of its goal of near-universal coverage, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. Repealing that requirement would significantly reduce health insurance enrollment and cause individual market premiums to rise.

    Aug 13, 2015

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    U.S. Needs a New Electronic Identity-Protection Strategy to Prevent 'Hybrid Warfare' Attacks

    The U.S. government needs to develop a strategy to protect its citizens that includes a unique identifying number or code and a method for protecting these identity keys in online transactions.

    Jul 6, 2015

  • Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration, Washington, DC, June 25, 2015


    Why Obamacare Lives

    Economic reasoning took center stage in the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday to uphold the legality of the Affordable Care Act's subsidies in all states. The subsidies are critical to ensuring that healthy people, with lower health care costs, have adequate incentive to enroll.

    Jun 26, 2015

  • A worker tends to cannabis plants at a medical marijuana plantation near the northern Israeli city of Safed


    The 10 Ps of Marijuana Legalization

    Marijuana policy is a growing topic of discussion, and laws are starting to change. Ten choices confronting jurisdictions considering legalization cover many of the critical decisions that will determine whether removing prohibition is a good idea.

    Jun 22, 2015

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