Featured Research

  • How Should Autonomous Vehicles Be Regulated?

    Sep 18, 2017

    Autonomous vehicles could greatly reduce the risk of crashes. But the safety benefits are not yet proven and may not be known until AVs are widespread. What kind of regulatory approach could help balance innovation, risk, and uncertainty?

  • How the Army Can Retain Its Cyber Expertise

    Sep 18, 2017

    Projected earnings for information security analysts with characteristics similar to those of enlisted soldiers are comparable with military pay. But retention efforts may be hampered by soldiers' perceptions of civilian opportunities.

  • Considering Cannabis Legalization in Canada

    Sep 14, 2017

    If Canada legalizes marijuana, policymakers will face complex choices that will have unpredictable consequences. Those considering alternatives to prohibition should be cautious and build flexibility into the regulations they propose.

  • Repealing or Replacing ACA Would Result in More Uninsured Veterans and Stress on VA Health System

    Sep 14, 2017

    Recent congressional proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of uninsured nonelderly veterans and further increase demand for VA health care. The effects would vary across states, but the largest impacts would be felt in states that expanded Medicaid.

  • ISIL's Negative Economic Impacts on Iraq and Syria

    Sep 13, 2017

    The Islamic State reduced the GDP of cities under its control by 23 percent. The group was able to maintain stable conditions in parts of Mosul and Raqqah, but conditions elsewhere deteriorated under poor governance and an inability to defend its territory from military opposition.

  • What Are the Trends in Armed Conflicts? What Do They Mean for U.S. Defense Policy?

    Sep 12, 2017

    Until the wars in Syria and Ukraine, armed conflict in the world had been decreasing for decades. Future projections show continued decline, but the U.S. military has an important role in deterring conflict, underpinning peacekeeping coalitions, and possibly in responding to proxy wars by other powers.

  • Wearable Technologies for Law Enforcement

    Sep 8, 2017

    Wearable technologies that could help officers in the field, such as flexible batteries and wireless charging, are available today at reasonable costs. Law enforcement agencies should work with manufacturers to provide input on future wearables.

  • Employers Pay More Than Medicare for Hospital Services in Indiana

    Sep 7, 2017

    Employers paid 3.5 times what Medicare would have paid for the same hospital outpatient services in Indiana — and 2.1 times the Medicare rate for inpatient care. Price transparency nationwide could help employers become better-informed purchasers of health care and stronger advocates for their employees.

  • Measuring the Health of the International Order

    Sep 5, 2017

    The liberal international order that has been in place since 1945 is relatively stable but is threatened by geopolitical and domestic socioeconomic trends that call into question the order's assumptions. U.S. support and engagement over the coming decade will be essential.

  • Fostering Innovation in U.S. Law Enforcement

    Aug 31, 2017

    What are the most pressing technology, policy, and practice needs for law enforcement? And how should these needs be prioritized?

  • Digital Technology and the Future of Commerce

    Aug 30, 2017

    Advances in digital technology can connect businesses and consumers, develop new and niche markets, and commodify new activities. As the exchange of goods and services evolves, what are the societal impacts?

  • Starting School Later Would Boost the Economy

    Aug 30, 2017

    Moving school start times to 8:30 a.m. could contribute $83 billion to the U.S. economy within a decade. These gains would come from higher academic and professional performance, and reduced car crash rates.

  • Average American's Risk of Needing Nursing Home Care Is Higher Than Previously Estimated

    Aug 28, 2017

    The average American's likelihood of using a nursing home is much greater than previous research has suggested. Among people age 57 to 61, 56 percent will stay in a nursing home at least one night in their lifetime.

  • Alternative Options for U.S. Policy Toward the International Order

    Aug 28, 2017

    The collection of rules, norms, and institutions that came to be understood as the international order after World War II has come under increasing strain. What alternative visions for the future order could respond to changes in politics? And what role could the United States play in each?

  • Mental Health in the Research Environment

    Aug 22, 2017

    The majority of university staff find their jobs stressful. Levels of burnout in this population are comparable to those of high-risk groups, such as health care workers.

  • U.S. Workplace Is Physically and Emotionally Taxing

    Aug 14, 2017

    Americans face unpleasant and potentially hazardous working conditions, physical exertion, unstable schedules, and have to work during their free time. Despite these challenges, they have some autonomy, most feel confident about their skill set, and many receive social support on the job.

  • How Do Americans Perceive the Workplace?

    Aug 14, 2017

    For many Americans, the workplace is hectic, hazardous, and physically demanding. But many retirees would still consider rejoining the workforce if the right opportunity came along.

  • More Than Half of Retirees Would Return to Work

    Aug 14, 2017

    Overall, older workers report having more meaningful work and more workplace flexibility than their younger peers. And more than half of retirees would return to work under the right conditions.

  • More Than 80% of Military Health Facilities Provide Complementary and Alternative Medicine

    Aug 9, 2017

    In addition to conventional medicine, 83 percent of military health care facilities offer therapies like acupuncture, chiropractic, stress management, yoga, biofeedback, and massage for pain management and psychological disorders.

  • Clinicians, Staff at Safety-Net Medical Clinics Report Increasing Dissatisfaction with Workplace

    Aug 7, 2017

    Physicians, nurses and other staff members at medical clinics that care for people from lower-income communities are increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, adding to evidence that the health care workforce is under stress.