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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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    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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    Regulating Drone Airspace Using 'Smart Markets'

    With commercially operated autonomous drones potentially on the horizon, a policy problem is likely to emerge: allocation of scarce airspace and preferred flight paths. “Smart markets” could help.

    Apr 19, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Rethinking Indonesia's Informal Sector

    This paper reviews competing theories about the causes of informality in developing countries and uses new data to determine which theory best explains the persistence and scale of Indonesia's informal sector.

    Apr 18, 2016

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    Job Placement Assistance for Military Reservists

    There are 40 federal programs, resources, and offices that provide job placement assistance that can be accessed by reserve component members. There is potential overlap among the programs and clearer guidance on how to navigate them is needed.

    Mar 24, 2016

  • Research Brief

    Employment Assistance for Reserve Component Members

    RAND researchers reviewed previous research, conducted informational discussions with employment program managers, and identified ways to improve efforts to provide federal job placement and related employment services for reserve component members.

    Mar 24, 2016

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    The False Choice at the Core of the Apple-FBI Standoff

    The Apple-FBI case should spark a broader debate among technology companies concerning their role in maintaining the privacy and security balance. A starting point should be to recognize that the majority of cyberattacks are related to phishing—and a user's action—not to whether a device can be secured.

    Mar 21, 2016

  • Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Apple Inc., is sworn in before testifying to the House Judiciary hearing on "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy" March 1, 2016


    How the 'Wonks' of Public Policy and the 'Geeks' of Tech Can Get Together

    Conventional wisdom says that technology innovates and disrupts, while public policy regulates and controls. What might a better integration of the commercial tech sector with the policy community look like?

    Mar 18, 2016

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    Proposed Refinery Regulations in California Could Provide Safety and Cost Benefits

    New regulations could improve safety at oil and gas refineries in California and benefit nearby communities. Even if the proposed regulations make refineries only 7.3 percent safer than they are currently, they will be worth their implementation costs.

    Mar 16, 2016

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    Fake Convenience Store, Real Implications for Youth Smoking

    In a simulated convenience store, hiding the can't-miss display of tobacco products behind the cashier decreased kids' intention to smoke in the future.

    Mar 3, 2016

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    Low Oil Prices: Good for U.S. Security, Troublesome for the Economy

    Will oil prices remain low? And how can the balance between cheap oil's positive effects on U.S. security and its negative effects on the economy be assessed?

    Feb 26, 2016

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    Are EU Migrants Over-Qualified for the Jobs They Do?

    Debates on EU mobility are focused on what EU migrants take away from their host countries, and the costs they may bring taxpayers. What may be ignored is the contribution migrants bring to local labor markets and how this can grow if they have jobs that make the most of their skills.

    Feb 24, 2016

  • Dissertation

    Analyzing Reduced Teenage Employment, 2000-2013

    Builds a teenage labor market model and presents evidence regarding five different hypotheses for the decline in employment of 16-19 year olds from 2000 to 2013.

    Feb 19, 2016

  • Dissertation

    Three Essays on the Development of the Labor Market and the Private Sector in Burma (Myanmar)

    Addresses the top five constraints inhibiting the development of the labor markets and the private sector in Burma.

    Feb 17, 2016

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    Why the EU Single Market Is Still an Incomplete Jigsaw

    The Single Market has contributed to economic growth and consumer welfare within the European Union. However, its true potential remains unfulfilled, with gaps in several key areas.

    Feb 16, 2016

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    A Community-Based, Focused-Deterrence Approach to Closing Overt Drug Markets: A Process and Fidelity Evaluation of Seven Sites

    This process evaluation describes how well seven jurisdictions adhered to a Bureau of Justice Assistance strategy to reduce overt drug markets, along with the barriers they encountered and lessons learned from their experiences.

    Feb 2, 2016

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    Will the Pharmaceutical Industry Learn from Past Mistakes?

    Research-based pharmaceutical companies that truly innovate could distance themselves from companies that operate like hedge funds, seeking out investment opportunities rather than focusing on research.

    Jan 22, 2016

  • A laborer lifts a basket of crushed bricks at a construction site in Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 22, 2014


    What to Do About Informal Employment in Developing Countries

    The staying power of informal employment in developing countries is a concern, because informal employees (e.g., day laborers) tend to receive lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer legal protections. How can policymakers improve conditions for informal workers?

    Jan 22, 2016

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    More Research Is Needed on Artificial Joints and Patients Can Play a Key Role

    Safety problems with artificial knees and hips, including product recalls, highlight the need for more patient-centered research. RAND has partnered with CreakyJoints in a project intended to train a group of patients to get involved in research on this topic.

    Jan 22, 2016

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    How Legalizing Marijuana in VT Might Affect Revenues, Budgets

    Vermonters spend between $125 and $225 million on marijuana each year. There are many factors to consider when projecting the budgetary effects legalization might have, but policy changes do not need to be permanent. Starting with incremental change and/or incorporating a sunset provision might make more sense.

    Jan 19, 2016

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