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  • Retirement and Retirement Benefits

    Why Unretirement Is Working for Older Americans

    Mar 6, 2018

    Significant numbers of older Americans move in and out of the workforce. One in five workers today is 55 or older. By 2024, that number will be one in four. Older workers report having more meaningful work and more workplace flexibility than their younger peers.

  • Employment and Unemployment

    Jobs and Criminal Records

    Mar 16, 2018

    The high number of Americans with criminal records has far-reaching economic consequences, in large part because ex-offenders face significant barriers to being hired. RAND researchers are studying ways of addressing employment and income needs for people with criminal records.

  • STEM Education

    Postsecondary Education and STEM Employment in the United States

    Dec 6, 2017

    Analysis of three national data sources shows receipt of a bachelor's degree in a STEM field, and attaining certification in any field, is important for success in the STEM labor market. But women and racial or ethnic minorities are less likely to earn these critical degrees and to enter STEM employment.

  • Syria

    Economic Impacts of the Syrian Conflict

    Oct 19, 2017

    Data from the World Bank and insights from economics literature are used to estimate the economic impact of destruction and infrastructure spending in agriculture, education, energy, health, housing, transportation, and water and sanitation in six war-torn cities.

  • Childhood Development

    Early Childhood Programs Can Benefit Children and Provide Economic Returns

    Nov 16, 2017

    A review of early childhood programs, such as home visiting, parent education, and early care and education (ECE), confirms that many programs can improve a range of outcomes for children, and those with cost-benefit analysis show a typical return of $2 to $4 for every dollar invested.

  • Employment and Unemployment

    Focus on the American Worker

    Aug 29, 2017

    The American Worker blog series explores critical topics that affect America's workforce, including international trade, the minimum wage debate, changing demographics, and inequality in the labor market.

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