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  • Retirement and Retirement Benefits

    Many Americans Follow Nontraditional Paths to Retirement

    Jul 30, 2018

    Most U.S. seniors follow nonstandard retirement pathways, such as first transitioning to working part time, leaving and then reentering the workforce, or working past age 70, and cognitive ability and personality can be a predictor of retirement path.

  • 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.

  • The Elderly

    How AVs Could Provide Independence for Older Drivers

    Sep 21, 2018

    Giving up driving has been linked to depression and isolation in older adults, as well as early entry into nursing home facilities. Autonomous vehicles could help improve the well-being of older adults by allowing them to maintain independence while still giving up their car keys.

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