Understanding Migration and Demographic Change

An important part of our mission is to analyze how the demographic composition of communities and nations affects how health care and education are delivered, the ways cities are planned, and how resources are effectively distributed. RAND Labor and Population informs such decisions through policy-driven demographic research.

Determinants and Consequences of Immigration

At home and abroad, the flow of migrant populations across state and national borders has a profound effect both on immigrants themselves as well as the communities in which they locate. Recent work in this area includes the development of a cost-benefit framework to assess the effects of state immigration policies; an analysis of migration flows across the U.S.-Mexico border; studies of school enrollment, insurance use, and workplace injuries among immigrant groups; and a study of how climate change influences migration decisions.

Demographic Change and Family Life

Demographers at RAND study how families persevere during periods of uncertainty and change, and how social policies can be improved to ensure that all families are economically stable and self-sufficient. This research is enhanced by our large scale survey data collection projects that focus specifically on family issues, including our Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LAFANS), the Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey, and the new California Socioeconomic Survey—a longitudinal survey of 1,500 low-income families.

  • Journal Article

    Math Achievement of Immigrant High School Students

    Sep 22, 2016

    For immigrant youth in the United States, higher performance in math is associated with higher quality education in their country of origin, and length of time spent in the U.S.

  • Journal Article

    Obesity Among Young Children of Immigrants

    Sep 22, 2016

    Children of U.S.-born mothers are less likely to be obese than otherwise similar children of foreign-born mothers; and the children of immigrant mothers who are least proficient in English language are most likely to be obese.

  • Report

    A Cost-Benefit Framework for State-Level Immigration Policies

    Mar 8, 2016

    The expanding role of states in immigration policy raises questions about the consequences of state-level action. A cost-benefit framework identifies the potential impact and how different stakeholders would be affected.

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    The Influence of Internal Migration on Male Earnings in Brazil, 1970-2000

    Aug 5, 2015

    An exploration of the impact of internal migration flows on the earnings of male workers in Brazil. Findings indicate that migration flows have a negative impact on male earnings, when considering cohort size as a factor.

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