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    Resetting the Record: The Facts on Hiring People with Criminal Histories

    Misperceptions may keep employers from hiring people with criminal records. If hiring managers can make evidence-based decisions, it could help ensure that companies get the employees they need, people with criminal records get jobs, and society benefits.

    Jan 9, 2024

  • Research Brief

    Exploring Ohio's Pipeline of Manufacturing Workers

    The resurging U.S. manufacturing industry has a growing need for skilled and diverse workers. An examination of the pipeline between Ohio's postsecondary education system and employment highlights the challenges and opportunities that workers, employers, and educational institutions in the industry face.

    Sep 14, 2023

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    Commentary

    Learning from the OpenAI Staff Mutiny

    As AI and other software-based technologies continue to rise in importance for the government and Department of Defense, its leaders should learn how top technical talent differs from other kinds of workers and how to ensure the military understands how to interact with the best and brightest technical workers America has to offer.

    Dec 18, 2023

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    Commentary

    Three Myths About Hiring People with Convictions

    Employers are desperate to recruit hundreds of thousands of workers who seemingly have vanished from the workforce. People with criminal histories represent a large pool of labor that could fill the gap. So why aren't more managers hiring them?

    Dec 13, 2023

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Factbook Highlights Demographic, Mental Health and Labor Participation of Military Veterans

    A factbook, accompanied by a collection of infographics, explores trends and estimates about the demographics of veterans. It focuses on the size, sex, age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and geographic distribution of the veteran population as compared with nonveterans.

    Oct 24, 2023

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    Infographic

    U.S. Veteran Labor Market Trends

    Veterans, regardless of race/ethnicity, have lower unemployment rates than nonveterans and are more likely to work in the public sector. The top industries for veteran employment are public administration and manufacturing.

    Oct 24, 2023

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    Report

    A Summary of Veteran-Related Statistics

    What are some trends and statistics among the U.S. veteran population? Baseline estimates related to veterans' demographics, mental health, and labor market outcomes can support the work of policymakers and researchers focused on veteran-related issues.

    Oct 24, 2023

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    The Gender Gap in Performance Reviews

    I examine gender differences in 100,000+ performance reviews for 170 companies across 12 industries. I find that women rate their performance lower than men, and these differences persist when accounting for manager and peer reviews of the worker.

    Oct 16, 2023

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    Rage Against the Machine? How AI Could Affect the Future of Work

    Understanding how technology and artificial intelligence have—and have not—affected jobs in the past can provide insights on the future of the American workforce. What is the relationship between occupational exposure and technologies, wages, and employment related to artificial intelligence?

    Oct 11, 2023

  • Report

    Report

    Artificial Intelligence and the Labor Force: A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Exposed Occupations

    The authors evaluate occupational exposure to U.S. technology patents and specific artificial intelligence technologies, such as machine learning, natural language processing, speech recognition, planning control, and evolutionary computation.

    Oct 11, 2023

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    Journal Article

    The Race for U.S. Technical Talent: Can the DOD and DIB Compete?

    This policy brief uses LinkedIn data to track the movement of tech workers between industries and metro areas, with a particular focus on the U.S. Department of Defense, the defense industrial base, and the so-called “Big Tech” companies.

    Oct 6, 2023

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    Commentary

    The City of Pittsburgh's a Movie Star

    Pennsylvania lawmakers and other stakeholders should consider updates to the film tax credit law and economic development strategy to improve the state's competitiveness, enhance the stability of the industry, and fill gaps in the current workforce.

    Oct 5, 2023

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    Research Brief

    Financial Incentives for Businesses Can Increase Employment of People with Criminal Records

    Connecting individuals with criminal histories to jobs benefits both them and society, but employers are hesitant to hire them. Modest direct financial incentives such as tax credits could motivate employers to hire more people with prior convictions.

    Oct 2, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Escalation in Ukraine, a Trilateral Imperialist Threat, Disaster Recovery: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the risk of escalation in Ukraine, the growing threat of a North-Korea-Russia-China partnership, the economics of disaster recovery, and more.

    Sep 22, 2023

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    Commentary

    Disaster Recovery Creates Its Own Bubble

    Shortages of workers and materials inevitably make rebuilding slower and more expensive after a natural disaster. In Maui, this is likely to be a problem for agencies like FEMA that provide public assistance. But it will also be a problem for individual households if private insurance payouts are insufficient to rebuild.

    Sep 20, 2023

  • News Release

    News Release

    Most Ohio Students Who Earn Manufacturing-Related Credentials Work in Other Industries; Findings Hold Lessons for Push ...

    Most students who complete manufacturing-related credentials in Ohio do not end up employed in manufacturing in the state, highlighting a challenge that faces policymakers as they push to create more U.S. manufacturing jobs.

    Sep 14, 2023

  • Report

    Report

    Strengthening the Manufacturing Workforce in Ohio

    The authors of this report examine the pipeline between Ohio’s postsecondary education system and the manufacturing workforce, focusing on ways to bolster the supply of workers and the diversity of the workforce.

    Sep 14, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    The Four-Day School Week, AI and Social Media Manipulation, School Safety: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the costs and benefits of a four-day school week, how artificial intelligence is bringing a new era of social media manipulation, the effects of placing police officers in schools, and more.

    Sep 8, 2023

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    Commentary

    A Potential Alternative for Regulating Internet-Based Platform Services

    The use of internet-based platform services like Amazon, DoorDash, and Uber Eats is increasing and can be helpful. But the companies that offer these services may be engaging in predatory practices that can harm users and local businesses. Some form of centralized policy action may help; local governments could play a more active role.

    Aug 29, 2023

  • Teacher Aleksandra Artemova teaches Ukrainian refugee children during a school preparation course in Dusseldorf, Germany, March 18, 2022, photo by Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters

    Commentary

    The EU Can't Treat Ukrainian Refugees Like Short-Term Visitors

    Although EU countries, communities, and citizens have been very welcoming to Ukrainian refugees, it is not enough to treat them as short-term visitors, meet their immediate humanitarian needs, and let them wait out the war. By educating and employing them instead, EU countries can enrich their own communities and support Ukraine.

    Jul 24, 2023

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