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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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    Ambiguities of Bruen Decision Will Affect State Gun Regulation

    The Supreme Court's decision in Bruen extended beyond New York's carry laws, raising broader questions about the constitutionality of other federal and state firearm laws. Courts deciding these cases will likely have to construct some new model of analyzing the surge of Second Amendment cases.

    Nov 4, 2022

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    Dog Tag Bakery: A Fresh Start for Veterans

    A bakery in Washington, D.C., brings together service-disabled post–9/11 veterans, military spouses, and caregivers. For five months, they are immersed in an intensive entrepreneurial-focused business program. It's become a model for helping veterans and others in the military community reestablish their lives.

    Nov 1, 2022

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    Social Marketing Campaign to Reduce Mental Illness Stigma May Have Helped Those in Need

    People who recalled seeing or hearing aspects of a social marketing campaign in California intended to reduce stigma about mental health issues were more likely to seek treatment for their symptoms of mental distress than those who did not recall the campaign.

    Jun 26, 2019

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    Private Health Plans Pay Hospitals Much More Than What Medicare Would Pay

    An examination of U.S. hospital prices covering 25 states shows that in 2017, the prices paid to hospitals for privately insured patients averaged 241 percent of what Medicare would have paid. There was also wide variation in prices among states.

    May 9, 2019

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    News Release

    Private Health Plans Pay Hospitals 241% of What Medicare Would Pay

    An examination of U.S. hospital prices covering 25 states shows that in 2017, the prices paid to hospitals for privately insured patients averaged 241% of what Medicare would have paid, with wide variation in prices among states.

    May 9, 2019

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    Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol

    RAND Europe conducted an independent evaluation of the UK Department of Health's drug and alcohol recovery payment-by-results pilots to determine whether market forces can encourage the development of better recovery programs.

    May 3, 2019

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    Periodical

    RAND Review: May-June 2019

    This issue describes RAND research efforts to help schoolkids suffering from trauma; to help health care providers get better, more meaningful feedback; and to use technology to improve the lives of displaced people throughout the world.

    Apr 29, 2019

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    News Release

    Graphic Warning Labels on Tobacco Packages Can Deter Some Smokers

    Placing graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packages may deter some adults from purchasing tobacco products. But the strategy is unlikely to influence smokers who are most addicted to nicotine.

    Apr 9, 2019

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    News Release

    Women Leave U.S. Coast Guard at Higher Rates Than Men; More Equitable Personnel Policies Could Help Narrow Gap

    As at other military services, women leave the active-duty Coast Guard at higher rates than men. To retain a diverse workforce the Coast Guard should continue to pursue more inclusive personnel policies, such as augmenting workforce gaps during parental leave, minimizing the impact parental leave has on evaluations and promotion, and expanding opportunities for leadership development training.

    Mar 29, 2019

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands ahead of their talks at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, March 21, 2017, photo by Etienne Oliveau/Reuters/Pool

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    How Has the Israel-China Relationship Evolved?

    Since the early 2000s, relations between China and Israel have expanded in areas like diplomacy, trade, investment, construction, educational partnerships, scientific cooperation, and tourism. What challenges does the relationship pose for Israel and the United States?

    Mar 21, 2019

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    Announcement

    Sally Sleeper Named New RAND Arroyo Center Director

    Sally Sleeper will become the new vice president, Army Research Division and director, RAND Arroyo Center at the RAND Corporation. Sleeper has had success in multiple leadership roles across RAND and has worked closely with leadership at the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Mar 19, 2019

  • Elizabeth Bodine-Baron discusses the challenges in combating the threat of Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media.

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    Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

    In this congressional briefing, RAND information scientist Elizabeth Bodine-Baron discusses the challenges in combating the threat of Russian influence via disinformation spread on social media.

    Mar 15, 2019

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    News Release

    How Two or More Trips to the Bathroom at Night Are Costing the U.S. Economy $44.4 Billion a Year

    Frequent visits to the bathroom at night could cost the U.S. economy $44.4 billion a year. Waking up more than twice a night due to nocturia, a health condition that affects the lower urinary tract, can have a detrimental effect on a person's wellbeing and productivity at work, which in turn has an impact on a country's GDP.

    Mar 12, 2019

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    Paying Patients to Use Lower-Price Health Providers Can Result in Savings

    Paying people to use lower-price medical providers can help reduce health care spending. Examining a program that pays patients $25 to $500 for using a lower-price medical provider for each of 135 elective procedures, researchers found the effort led to a 2.1 percent reduction in the average price paid of all eligible services.

    Mar 4, 2019

  • Jodi Liu discusses the potential impacts of single-payer health care.

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    The Potential Impacts of Single-Payer Health Care

    Controlling costs while improving health care access dominates policy debates in Congress. In this Congressional Briefing, Jodi Liu discusses what policymakers need to know about

    Jan 23, 2019

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    Harold Brown, Former U.S. Defense Secretary and Secretary of the Air Force, Dies at 91

    Harold Brown, a nuclear physicist and weapons designer who helped shape America's Cold War-era national security policy during a career that included terms as secretary of defense and secretary of the Air Force, died January 4, 2018.

    Jan 5, 2019

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    News Release

    Syrian Refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon Can Add Value to Local Economies

    Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon could better contribute to local economies if they were trained for middle-skill jobs and were able to relocate to areas with manufacturing firms that need trained workers.

    Dec 13, 2018

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    News Release

    A Study of Potential Paths to Korean Unification Recommends Avoiding Approaches Involving Armed Conflict

    An examination of nine potential paths to Korean unification recommends actions that the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) and the United States can take to set the conditions for stable reunification, should the opportunity arise.

    Oct 31, 2018

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    News Release

    Complex and Rapidly Changing Payment Models Challenge Physician Practices

    Physician payment models are becoming more complex and the pace of change is increasing, creating challenges for physician practices that might hamper their ability to improve the quality and efficiency of care despite their willingness to change.

    Oct 24, 2018

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    Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy: What's the Fair Price of a Drug?

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, Ezekiel J. Emanuel delivers the 2018 Albert P. Williams Lecture on Health Policy. Emanuel explains why drug prices are so high and proposes a policy solution.

    Oct 17, 2018

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    China's Engagement with the Developing World

    Engaging with developing countries offers China economic growth and global influence. What are the consequences of Beijing's strategy toward the developing world for the United States?

    Oct 16, 2018

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    British People Prefer a Soft Brexit, If Any

    The political landscape of the UK has changed dramatically in the wake of the Brexit referendum. Since last year, support for a deal based on membership of the European Economic Area has increased from 38 to 43 percent. Even Leave voters are shifting to a softer Brexit.

    Oct 11, 2018