Preparing Workers for a Global Economy

To promote workforce development at home and abroad, RAND Labor and Population helps public and private sector decisionmakers understand how to keep workers productive, knowledgeable, and engaged.

Understanding the Dimensions of Productive Labor Markets

RAND Labor and Population researchers conduct wide-ranging research on labor markets—analyzing wages, employment, demographics, and other dynamics; making informed projections of skill demand; identifying constraints on growth; and recommending pathways to progress. Our recent work includes assessments of the health of Mongolia's labor market, informal sector growth in Bangladesh, manufacturing in India, and tourism in California.

Assessing the Skills and Challenges of Workers at All Ages

RAND Labor and Population researchers identify the most optimal ways to prepare tomorrow's workers to compete in the globally connected workplace, to enhance the skills of current workers, and to integrate disadvantaged populations into the workforce. Our recent research in this area includes helping to reduce youth unemployment in targeted countries, boosting employment among U.S. veterans, connecting the unemployed with jobs in New Orleans, supporting the welfare-to-work transitions of low-income parents in California, and training workers for jobs in the energy sector in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Do High School Stem Courses Prepare Non-College Bound Youth for Jobs in the Stem Economy?

    Aug 8, 2017

    Do high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses provide non-college bound youth with the skills and training necessary to successfully transition from high school into the STEM economy?

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    The Effects of Travel and Tourism on California's Economy

    Jun 27, 2017

    California's travel and tourism industry employs a diverse workforce that makes a meaningful contribution to the state's economy. For some, the industry offers a stable career path with good wages and wage growth. For others, it's a launching point into other industries.

Recent Publications

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