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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    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.

  • Project

    Summer Career Pathways Evaluation

    Sep 26, 2016

    RAND is evaluating a New Orleans job pipeline which aims to help lower-skilled, unemployed and underemployed workers find skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing and energy sectors.

  • Journal Article

    How Unemployment Insurance Affects On-The-Job Search Among Older Workers

    Aug 16, 2016

    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.

  • Multimedia

    Workforce Development for the Jobs of the Future

    Sep 1, 2016

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discusses what California, the federal government, and employers are doing to nurture a workforce that is well prepared for the jobs of today and the future.

Recent Publications

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