Center for the Study of Aging
The RAND Center for the Study of Aging conducts objective, independent, behavioral research on elderly populations worldwide.
The Center's interdisciplinary research staff aims to help improve public policy through both primary data collection and secondary data analysis. Its research agenda focuses on the interrelationships among health, economic status, socioeconomic factors, and public policy.
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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.
Hispanics, and particularly foreign-born Mexican Americans, have been shown to fare better across a range of health outcomes than might be expected given the generally higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage in this population, a phenomena termed the "Hispanic Paradox".
Unemployment insurance discourages on-the-job search among workers aged over 50 in the United States who are worried about losing their jobs, but does not affect the behavior of those who believe they're not at risk of job loss.
What effect has the financial crisis had on households and health? RAND researchers seek to quantify the effects of the crisis on older U.S. households, and the adjustments made in response. With this information, they aim to determine whether downturns in economic status are associated with declines in health.
To understand what influences life satisfaction in different countries, it is important to correct for cultural differences in how people answer subjective questions. The RAND Center for the Study of Aging is attempting to increase the comparability of response scales across national boundaries.
By using newly available data from more than 15 countries, researchers are analyzing how the interaction between individual behavior, social context, institutions, and policies shapes health and well-being in old age.