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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.

  • A line of guns on display in a store, photo by Alexandor Filon/Adobe Stock

    Essay

    Evidence About Effects of Gun Policies Is Growing

    There is now supportive evidence that child-access-prevention laws reduce firearm homicides and self-injuries among youth. And “shall-issue” concealed-carry laws and stand-your-ground laws are associated with increases in firearm homicides.

    Jan 10, 2023

  • The International Space Station's JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, August 2022, photo by NASA

    Essay

    The Calls for More Progress on Space Governance Are Growing Louder

    Space may seem infinite, but the narrow band that hugs the Earth, where satellites and space stations operate, is not. Existing space treaties won't be enough to keep satellites safe, to prevent crowding and collisions, and to preserve the promise of outer space.

    Jan 5, 2023

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