The key result of our analysis is that income diversification has become increasingly important in determining entrepreneurship, but that younger households became less likely over time to have income from multiple sources. At the same time, older households maintained their income diversification and their likelihood of working as entrepreneurs became more responsive to having substantial income from non-business sources such as capital income and Social Security benefits.
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The American Working Conditions Survey Finds That More Than Half of Retirees Would Return to WorkAugust 14, 2017
According to the American Working Conditions Survey, more older workers report having meaningful work compared with their prime-age counterparts, and more than half of retirees would return to work under the right conditions.
How Americans Perceive the Workplace: Results from the American Working Conditions SurveyAugust 14, 2017
Half of American workers say that they work in their free time to meet workplace demands, 63 percent feel that they are doing useful work, and 46 percent of retirees age 50 and older say that they would return to work if conditions were right.
Working Conditions in the United States: Results of the 2015 American Working Conditions SurveyAugust 14, 2017
This report presents detailed findings about the prevalence and distribution of working conditions across the American workforce by age, gender, and education from the 2015 American Working Conditions Survey (AWCS). The AWCS was fielded on the RAND American Life Panel, a nationally representative (when weighted) sample of U.S. individuals.
This codebook describes the content and structure of the American Working Conditions Survey data (AWCS) which was fielded on the RAND American Life Panel (ALP) in 2015.
Green Industrial Policy in Emerging MarketsAugust 8, 2017
In this article, we review the evidence on the design and implementation of green industrial policies. We focus on emerging markets, and emphasize five lessons for the use of green industrial policy.
Our analysis suggests that the removal of small-scale reservations increased overall employment by encouraging the growth of younger, larger establishments—those that are most likely to pay higher wages, create more investment, be more productive, and generate growth in employment.
Neighborhood Age Structure and Cognitive Function in a Nationally-Representative Sample of Older Adults in the U.S.August 8, 2017
In this nationally-representative sample of U.S. adults aged 51 and over, living in a neighborhood in the highest tertile of the percent of adults 65 and older was associated with significantly better cognitive function.
Do High School Stem Courses Prepare Non-College Bound Youth for Jobs in the Stem Economy?August 8, 2017
In this paper we used data from a nationally representative sample of 10th graders in 2002 to test the hypothesis that non-college bound youth who take advanced academic STEM courses and applied STEM courses in high school will be more likely to hold jobs in the STEM economy and earn higher wages in the years immediately after exiting high school. We find no evidence in support of this hypothesis.
The RAND American Life Panel: Technical DescriptionJuly 26, 2017
The RAND American Life Panel is an Internet panel that has been recruited primarily using probability sample methods and consists of approximately 6,000 active respondents ages 18 and older. This document provides a detailed description of the RAND American Life Panel methodology related to sample recruitment, sample retention, and weighting and should be of use for users of the panel and as general reference material.