Law and Business


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.

  • President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan in the Oval Office, at the White House in Washington, D.C., March, 11, 2021, photo by Doug Mills/Pool/Sipa USA/Reuters


    Temporary Safety-Net Policies Prevented Mass Insurance Loss During the Pandemic

    Dec 13, 2021

    Although it provided a foundation, the ACA alone could not have absorbed the effects of the pandemic's sudden job losses on health care coverage. Temporary expansions to the safety net enacted by Congress also were necessary to stem coverage loss. As the pandemic continues, policymakers will want to keep safety-net provisions as available policy options.

  • Map of connections in Asia and Australia, photo by ktsimage/Getty Images


    Mapping Business Networks in the Asia-Pacific

    Nov 9, 2021

    As the economies of East and Southeast Asia have exploded in size, the activities of Asian firms have become more and more interdependent. The number of cases in which firms from different countries shared the same director increased almost tenfold from 2006 to 2020.

Explore Law and Business

  • Report


    Work and health research funding review (2015—2020)

    This report sets out the findings of a study funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to map the landscape of funding for research in work and health in the UK since 2015.

    Oct 29, 2021

  • Infographic


    Understanding the work and health research landscape

    This infographic accompanies a report which sets out the findings of a study funded by the Department of Health and Social Care to map the landscape of funding for research in work and health in the UK since 2015.

    Oct 29, 2021

  • Paramilitary soldiers walk past the Pakistan Parliament building in Islamabad, Pakistan, April 10, 2015, photo by Faisal Mahmood/Reuters


    Negotiating with TTP—A Different Perspective

    America's withdrawal and the Taliban's swift return to power in Afghanistan could be a primary force in shaping the trajectory of the continuing armed struggle with Pakistan's Taliban. It may be time for Islamabad to consider whether to renew efforts aimed at reaching a political settlement.

    Oct 27, 2021

  • Colourful silhouettes of people of various races wearing face masks, photo by smartboy10/Getty Images

    News Release

    Hackathon Pairs HBCU Undergrads with Pardee RAND Graduate Students to Identify Ideas for More Equitable COVID-19 Recovery

    Undergraduate students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College will work alongside Pardee RAND Graduate School students to seek ways to help vulnerable communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic during a virtual policy hackathon offered by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and Pardee RAND Graduate School.

    Oct 27, 2021

  • Pharmacists at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center unpack a new shipment in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 30, 2021, photo by Nathan Howard/Reuters


    Most U.S. Drug Shortages Appear to Be Domestic in Scope

    Major U.S. drug shortages are rarely associated with volume and price changes in other countries. A global perspective is important when addressing shortages, but policymakers and the health care system should explore ways to leverage the supply of drugs in other countries in response to U.S. shortages.

    Oct 27, 2021

  • Signage for a job fair is seen on 5th Avenue after the release of the jobs report in New York City, September 3, 2021, photo by Andrew Kelly/Reuters


    The Great Resignation: American Workers Suffering a Crisis of Meaning

    Americans are quitting their jobs in record numbers, creating significant shortages of workers for businesses. To understand and address this issue, policymakers might need to pay attention to noneconomic factors in addition to economic ones.

    Oct 26, 2021

  • Report


    Translational Impacts of World Trade Center Health Program Research: A Mixed Methods Study

    In this report, the authors describe the findings and recommendations of a four-year study of the World Trade Center Health Program's research portfolio and its translational impact. Recommendations are designed to help guide Program planning.

    Oct 26, 2021

  • RAND President and CEO Michael Rich, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation


    Longtime RAND President and CEO Michael D. Rich Announces Retirement

    Rich announced he will retire in 2022 following a search for his successor. Rich became RAND's fifth president in 2011. He began his extraordinary RAND career as a summer intern in 1975 and went on to hold several senior leadership positions.

    Oct 25, 2021

  • RAND employees throwing paper airplanes.


    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at RAND

    At RAND, we strive to cultivate a community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to our culture, our values of quality and objectivity, and our mission to serve the public interest.

    Oct 22, 2021

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Origins of the Opioid Crisis and Its Enduring Impacts

    In this paper, we examine the role of the 1996 introduction and marketing of OxyContin as a potential leading cause of the opioid crisis.

    Oct 19, 2021

  • Report


    Survey for Assessing Racial/Ethnic Harassment and Discrimination in the U.S. Military

    The authors describe the development of a survey instrument to help the U.S. Department of Defense understand racial and ethnic harassment and discrimination among its uniformed personnel, the instrument itself, and recommendations to support its use.

    Oct 18, 2021

  • Blog

    China and Russia, Wages and Insurance, Refugees and Technology : RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on China-Russia ties, considerations when raising the minimum wage, how refugees use digital devices, and more.

    Oct 15, 2021

  • Black family with older parents looking at financial records, photo by Alina555/Getty Images


    Protecting the Elderly from Financial Exploitation

    Older adults are more vulnerable to scams and more likely to have money and assets than their younger counterparts of the same race/ethnicity. Policy solutions that provide protection against financial fraud could help older adults to live more financially stable lives.

    Oct 14, 2021

  • An isometric graphic illustration the supply chain for Internet of Things products.


    Unraveling the Gordian Knot: Considering Supply Chain Resiliency

    An overview of testimony by Caolionn O'Connell presented before a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on October 14, 2021.

    Oct 14, 2021

  • Container ships wait off the coast of the congested Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Long Beach, California, October 1, 2021, photo by Alan Devall/Reuters


    Considering Supply Chain Resiliency

    The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the fragility of global supply chains. And the SolarWinds hack showed how the scope of a supply chain should be interpreted more broadly to reflect dependencies on software. How can the United States increase supply chain resiliency?

    Oct 14, 2021

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting on the sidelines of a BRICS summit, in Brasilia, Brazil, November 13, 2019, photo by Ramil Sitdikov/Sputnik via Reuters


    The Chinese-Russian Relationship and Its Risks to U.S. Interests

    Over the past 70 years, China and Russia have experienced the full range of interstate relations, from conflict to alliance. Beijing and Moscow have become much closer since 2014, increasing political, military, and economic cooperation. What does this mean for the United States?

    Oct 12, 2021

  • People rally at the Poor People's Campaign Moral Monday demonstration near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2021, photo by Bryan Olin Dozier/Reuters


    Is the Fight for $15 Going to Cost Low-Wage Workers Their Health Insurance?

    Minimum wage increases can lead to reductions in employer-sponsored health insurance for some workers and their dependents. If policymakers want to raise the minimum wage, they should look beyond standard labor market outcomes and take into account other potential effects.

    Oct 11, 2021

  • Brochure


    Select RAND Research on China: 1999-2019

    This volume is an important resource for anyone who is interested in gaining an informed understanding of China, a major strategic competitor of the United States in the economic, technological, diplomatic, and security realms.

    Oct 7, 2021

  • A young man is pulled over for speeding, photo by SDI Productions/Getty Images

    Research Brief

    Black Motorists Face More-Serious Charges for Excessive Speeding Than White Motorists Do

    In many states, motorists accused of excessive speeding can face either a criminal misdemeanor or a traffic infraction. Data on speeding violations in Virginia show large racial disparities in who is convicted of a misdemeanor.

    Oct 4, 2021

  • Report


    Racial Disparities in Misdemeanor Speeding Convictions

    In this report, researchers use data on speeding violations in Virginia to examine whether there are racial disparities in who benefits from the discretion of law enforcement and the courts to discount or downgrade misdemeanor violations.

    Oct 4, 2021