Assisting Disabled and Other Vulnerable Populations

Serious illness, disability, job loss, and poverty could render any of us physically or economically vulnerable. From studies of wide-reaching events, such as the Great Recession and Hurricane Katrina, to studies of individual health conditions or unemployment, our experts examine how to provide critical resources and care to improve the resiliency of those most in need.

Programs and Resources that Alleviate Economic Hardship

Researchers in RAND Labor and Population use cutting-edge methods to evaluate the outcomes of programs aimed at alleviating economic hardship, and identifying best practices to share with practitioners, policymakers, and other researchers. In this tradition, we are currently conducting a large study of welfare reform in California to understand how cash assistance and job training programs can help improve the economic self-sufficiency of families in poverty.

Assessing the Causes and Consequences of Disability

Researchers in RAND Labor and Population examine the role of employers, health-care markets, social networks, and social insurance programs in understanding the social and economic causes and consequences of disability. Much of this research is organized and disseminated by our Center for Disability Research, which unites substantive expertise relating to disability policy and the economic environment facing disabled workers.

  • Report

    Evaluation of California's CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work Program

    Nov 2, 2016

    This report provides initial findings from the evaluation of the Senate Bill 1041 reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, with a focus on the implementation of the policy changes and participant outcomes.

  • Journal Article

    Employer Accommodations and Disabled Workers

    Aug 16, 2016

    What factors influence how employers accommodate newly disabled workers, and how effective are employer accommodations in retaining workers and discouraging disability insurance applications?

  • Journal Article

    Disability Benefit Generosity and Labor Force Withdrawal

    Sep 12, 2016

    Disability insurance and old age pension reforms in Austria in the 1990s and 2000s show how variation in benefits is associated with changes in disability insurance claims.

  • Journal Article

    Intended and Unintended Effects of the War on Poverty

    Jun 19, 2015

    During the mid-1960s, a series of social programs were adopted in the U.S. as part of the War on Poverty. Did the programs have their intended effects in reducing poverty and promoting self-sufficiency? Were there unintended consequences?

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