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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.

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    The RAND State Firearm Law Database

    Jun 28, 2022

    As part of the Gun Policy in America initiative, RAND developed a longitudinal data set of state and District of Columbia firearm laws from 1979 to 2022 to support improved analysis and understanding of the effects of gun laws.

  • A student listens through headphones to an exercise in a Spanish class in Steveange, UK, photo by Ian Miles/Flashpoint Pictures/Alamy

    Essay

    The Economic Returns of Foreign Language Learning

    Jul 7, 2022

    If just 10 percent more students in the United Kingdom mastered Arabic, Mandarin, French, or Spanish, the economic returns could be measured in billions of British pounds. Removing the language barrier reduces trade costs.

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  • Health care workers prepare to receive walk-up patients at a coronavirus testing center at UMC Hospital in Washington, April 6, 2020, photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

    Commentary

    Learning, Relearning, and Not Learning the Lessons of COVID-19

    Several recent announcements have demonstrated how little has been learned from the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the potential need for a national reckoning to assess shortfalls and develop recommendations for preparing for and responding to future pandemics and other biological risks. To this end, the United States should create a national commission—not unlike the 9/11 Commission—to develop a way forward.

    Aug 12, 2022

  • A diverse group of medical staff sitting at a table, listening to a Black doctor speaking, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Commentary

    In Search of an Equity Lens: A Physician's Journey

    Patient health outcomes, communication with providers, and overall patient satisfaction improve when patients and providers share a similar background. Further, diverse work environments may positively impact health care provider job satisfaction. Increasing diversity in health care work settings is a first important step that could help to increase equity and inclusion in these environments.

    Aug 11, 2022

  • Four educators in a school office, one holding her head and looking stressed, the other listening to her, photo by DGLimages/Getty Images

    Commentary

    Will Teachers Quit? What Surveys Can and Can't Tell Us

    There is no single source for reliable current data about teacher and principal turnover or job openings, so it's understandable that journalists rely on survey data to monitor the health of the teacher and principal workforce. But media coverage that focuses only on the connection, or lack thereof, between teachers' intentions to leave and actual turnover stands the risk of minimizing the clearly stated dissatisfaction that educators are expressing.

    Aug 11, 2022

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    Announcement

    James P. Smith, Economist and Former Director of RAND's Labor and Population Studies Program, Dies at 79

    James P. Smith, an economist and expert on aging who directed the Labor and Population studies program at the RAND Corporation for nearly two decades, shaping a research agenda that focused on domestic labor markets, demographic trends in the United States, and economic development in developing countries, died on August 4. He was 79.

    Aug 10, 2022

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    Research Brief

    Setting Goals for Success: An Assessment of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program's Post-Residential Action Plan Process

    Cadets in the National Guard Youth Challenge (ChalleNGe) Program use a goal-setting process called the Post-Residential Action Plan (P-RAP) to navigate career and life choices. The authors analyzed the P-RAP process across multiple ChalleNGe sites.

    Aug 10, 2022

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    RAND HRS Longitudinal File 2018 (V2) Documentation: Includes 1992-2018 (Final Release)

    This tool is a cleaned, easy-to-use, and streamlined data product containing information from the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal household survey that facilitates research into different aspects of population aging in the United States.

    Aug 9, 2022

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    Our New CEO, Algorithmic Bias, Equity in the Workplace: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on what RAND’s new president and CEO envisions for the future, addressing bias in health care algorithms, creating equitable change in the workplace, and more.

    Aug 5, 2022

  • Jason Matheny, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation; Design by Kekeli Sumah/RAND Corporation

    Essay

    'The Future Could Be Brilliant': RAND's CEO Is an 'Apocaloptimist'

    Jason Matheny, RAND's new president and CEO, explains why he's cautiously optimistic about the future of humanity, the importance of public service, and RAND's role in shaping policy solutions.

    Aug 4, 2022

  • Lila Blanks makes a phone call to her insurance company following the death of her husband, Gregory Blanks, who died from complications from COVID-19, at her home in San Felipe, Texas, February 12, 2021, photo by Callaghan O'Hare/Reuters

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    Health Care Affordability: State Policy Options to Control Costs

    When the costs to provide employer-sponsored health insurance increase, it burdens workers and their families. What are some potential policy options to address these high costs, particularly in markets like Texas where 48 percent of people have health insurance through an employer or union?

    Aug 4, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Skills Needs in Selected Occupations Over the Next 5–10 Years: Research Report

    This research draws on expert interviews and workshops to answer the question how skills needs will change in the four priority areas (health, science and technology, managers, and skilled trades) over the next 5–10 years.

    Aug 3, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Networking and Collaboration: Case Study 5

    This case study explores the ways in which infrastructure organisations network and collaborate in their efforts to improve employment outcomes for young people in England.

    Aug 3, 2022

  • A sign advertising for workers outside of a gas station in Danville, Pennsylvania, March 29, 2022, photo by Paul Weaver/Reuters

    Commentary

    Got a Labor Shortage? Make It Easier to Work

    If the United States wants to avoid a long-term worker shortage, it should look to what policy can—but has failed to—fully address. We have a long history using carrots and sticks, but this is a problem we may not be able to cajole or punish our way out of. Finding workers can be as simple as giving more people a chance to work.

    Aug 2, 2022

  • A concerned young woman looks at a pregnancy test, photo by VioletaStoimenova/Getty Images

    Commentary

    How Policies That Punish Pregnant Women Backfire

    There is overwhelming evidence and consensus from the medical and public health communities that supportive approaches are what help pregnant women with substance use disorders. Unfortunately, the overturning of Roe v. Wade has opened the door for more policies that police and punish women rather than evidence-based solutions that we know can, do, and will save lives.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Data and Learning: Case Study 3

    This case study explores the ways in which infrastructure organisations collect, analyse and disseminate data to support frontline organisations helping young people into employment.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Supporting Capacity Building of Frontline Organisations: Case Study 4

    This case study aims to understand how infrastructure organisations in England support frontline organisations through capacity building, the challenges and facilitators involved, the impact on FOs and their work, and any lessons learnt.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Working to Effect Change in Policymaking at Regional, National and Systems Levels: Case Study 1

    The objective of this case study is to explore how infrastructure organisations across England work to effect change at various levels of policymaking as part of their mission to improve youth employment outcomes.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Working to Embed and Champion Youth Voice in Infrastructure Organisations: Case Study 2

    This case study aims to understand how infrastructure organisations support frontline organisations through embedding youth voices in their own work and championing youth voices in interactions with other stakeholders.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Seven Ways to Build a Truly Equitable DEI Strategy

    Despite growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles worldwide, not much has changed with the power structure in DEI spaces, which still center on the C-suite and tend to be populated with groups that are less knowledgeable on research in DEI. Here are seven strategies for building a more-equitable DEI program.

    Aug 1, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Efforts to End a Stalemate in Landslide Insurance Availability Through Inclusive Policymaking: A Case Study in Sitka, Alaska

    We explored how participatory techniques could overcome one disaster risk financing-related stalemate: the case of landslide insurance in a highly landslide-prone location, Sitka, Alaska.

    Jul 28, 2022

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    U.S. Labor Market, 988 Hotline, Firearm Homicides: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the U.S. economy’s uneven pandemic recovery, a new national mental health hotline, firearm homicides, and more.

    Jul 22, 2022