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RAND's research on law, business, and government includes analyses of the criminal and civil justice systems, governments and political systems, international trade and economic development, and the banking and finance sectors. Notable studies have addressed the effects of gun policies in the United States and liability in the age of autonomous vehicles.

  • Bottles containing a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, photo by Max Rode/Adobe Stock

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    COVID-19 Vaccinations: Liability and Compensation Considerations for Policymakers

    Sep 21, 2020

    Vaccine development is only one part of the challenge in creating an immunization campaign to stop the pandemic. Once a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is ready, liability and compensation issues could affect its distribution and administration.

  • A man speaks with a library worker after receiving an unemployment form in Hialeah, Florida, April 8, 2020, photo by Marco Bello/Reuters

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    'Holes Just Big Enough': Unemployment's History with Black Workers

    Oct 5, 2020

    There's a longstanding accusation leveled at the U.S. unemployment insurance system that has been revived lately: that it's structurally racist, deliberately discriminatory from the outset, and remains so today. That claim has been met with doubt. But underlying the debate is a legitimate question: Why doesn't unemployment insurance treat all workers and all earnings the same?

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