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Demand for educated, versatile workers who can interpret complex information and adapt to innovation is higher than ever. RAND pursues research that helps people, organizations, and governments understand how workers can remain engaged and productive in a changing global economy. Studies address workforce development, gender equity in the workplace, working conditions, and workplace wellness programs.

  • Research Brief

    Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans Who Are Single Parents

    The G.I. Bill has historically succeeded in helping many veterans train for new vocations. But the benefits have requirements that often do not account for the time constraints and financial realities of single parents. What policies and programs could better support them?

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Commentary

    The Paradox of LGB+ Employment Status According to the UK Census

    Data from the 2021 Census of England and Wales show that gay and lesbian adults are more likely to be employed than heterosexual adults—but also that they are more likely to be unemployed than heterosexual adults. What caused this paradox? And how can these statistics be better understood?

    Feb 21, 2024

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    Report

    Artificial Intelligence and the Labor Force: A Data-Driven Approach to Identifying Exposed Occupations

    The authors evaluate occupational exposure to U.S. technology patents and specific artificial intelligence technologies, such as machine learning, natural language processing, speech recognition, planning control, and evolutionary computation.

    Oct 11, 2023

  • Health care workers strike in front of Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, October 4, 2023, photo by Aude Guerrucci/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Health Care Workers Are Striking

    More than 75,000 health care workers at Kaiser Permanente went on strike in early October. While it is unusual for American medical workers to go on strike, there is reason to believe Kaiser is on the leading edge of more labor unrest among care providers in this country.

    Oct 9, 2023

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    Commentary

    How to Build Stackable Credentials

    Many states and colleges are investing to build out stackable credential pathways. It will be important to continue to build evidence on whether these programs are achieving their aims of improved economic circumstances for individuals and better addressing workforce needs.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Nuclear Deterrence, Russia and Iran, Deepfakes: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on how much is “enough” for U.S. nuclear forces, the budding Russia-Iran partnership, the challenge of detecting deepfakes, and more.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Evaluation Framework Report

    This report presents the evaluation framework and outlines the planned approach for the analytical frames and core evaluation data collection, including process and quasi-experimental impact evaluations and an economic feasibility assessment.

    Oct 6, 2023

  • Tacet Venari participants analyze metadata to identify any suspicious activity on the network during exercise Tacet Venari at Ramstein Air Base, Germany

    Journal Article

    The Race for U.S. Technical Talent: Can the DOD and DIB Compete?

    This policy brief uses LinkedIn data to track the movement of tech workers between industries and metro areas, with a particular focus on the U.S. Department of Defense, the defense industrial base, and the so-called “Big Tech” companies.

    Oct 6, 2023

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    Commentary

    The City of Pittsburgh's a Movie Star

    Pennsylvania lawmakers and other stakeholders should consider updates to the film tax credit law and economic development strategy to improve the state's competitiveness, enhance the stability of the industry, and fill gaps in the current workforce.

    Oct 5, 2023

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    Research Brief

    Financial Incentives for Businesses Can Increase Employment of People with Criminal Records

    Connecting individuals with criminal histories to jobs benefits both them and society, but employers are hesitant to hire them. Modest direct financial incentives such as tax credits could motivate employers to hire more people with prior convictions.

    Oct 2, 2023

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    Content

    Careers at RAND

    RAND provides an exciting intellectual environment and opportunities for career growth. But what makes our jobs rewarding is that everyone at RAND is committed to advancing the public good.

    Sep 29, 2023

  • RAND Weekly Recap

    Blog

    Escalation in Ukraine, a Trilateral Imperialist Threat, Disaster Recovery: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on the risk of escalation in Ukraine, the growing threat of a North-Korea-Russia-China partnership, the economics of disaster recovery, and more.

    Sep 22, 2023

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    Research Brief

    Findings and Recommendations for Funding Technology-Related Business Initiatives in the Department of the Air Force

    This brief provides a short overview of the budgeting and execution process, describes findings related to the funding of technology-related business initiatives, and offers some recommendations for better program advocacy.

    Sep 21, 2023

  • Burned cars and homes are seen in Lahaina, Hawaii, after the August 8 wildfires, August 18, 2023, photo by Sandy Hooper/USA Today via Reuters

    Commentary

    Disaster Recovery Creates Its Own Bubble

    Shortages of workers and materials inevitably make rebuilding slower and more expensive after a natural disaster. In Maui, this is likely to be a problem for agencies like FEMA that provide public assistance. But it will also be a problem for individual households if private insurance payouts are insufficient to rebuild.

    Sep 20, 2023

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    Blog

    Teacher Pay, the Costs of Insomnia, Wildfire Prevention: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on teachers' dissatisfaction with their pay and work hours, the staggering costs of insomnia, connections between wildfires and food insecurity., and more.

    Sep 15, 2023

  • News Release

    News Release

    Most Ohio Students Who Earn Manufacturing-Related Credentials Work in Other Industries; Findings Hold Lessons for Push ...

    Most students who complete manufacturing-related credentials in Ohio do not end up employed in manufacturing in the state, highlighting a challenge that faces policymakers as they push to create more U.S. manufacturing jobs.

    Sep 14, 2023

  • A worker builds frames for solar panels at First Solar in Perrysburg, Ohio, July 8, 2022, photo by Megan Jelinger/Reuters

    Research Brief

    Exploring Ohio's Pipeline of Manufacturing Workers

    The resurging U.S. manufacturing industry has a growing need for skilled and diverse workers. An examination of the pipeline between Ohio's postsecondary education system and employment highlights the challenges and opportunities that workers, employers, and educational institutions in the industry face.

    Sep 14, 2023

  • Report

    Report

    Strengthening the Manufacturing Workforce in Ohio

    The authors of this report examine the pipeline between Ohio’s postsecondary education system and the manufacturing workforce, focusing on ways to bolster the supply of workers and the diversity of the workforce.

    Sep 14, 2023

  • News Release

    News Release

    U.S. Teachers Are Less Satisfied with Their Pay Than Most Working Adults

    Sixty-six percent of U.S. teachers who responded to a new, nationally representative survey said their base salary was inadequate, compared with 39 percent of U.S. working adults. These teachers want a $17,000 increase in base pay, on average, to feel that their pay is adequate.

    Sep 12, 2023

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    Report

    All Work and No Pay: Teachers' Perceptions of Their Pay and Hours Worked

    Since the pandemic, there have been some positive improvements in teacher well-being. However, teachers in some states are still leaving their jobs at rates higher than before COVID-19 hit. How might salary and work hours affect their decisions to leave?

    Sep 12, 2023

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    Periodical

    RAND Review: September-October 2023

    Features explore the impact of four-day school weeks; the risk of people in the intelligence community experiencing trauma; and how insomnia affects societal health, well-being, and productivity.

    Sep 11, 2023

  • Report

    Report

    Feasibility Study for a What Works Centre for Safety

    This study explores the potential impact of establishing a What Works Centre for Safety and concludes that it would add value to existing work in this area, but its feasibility will depend on the balance struck across different strategic dimensions.

    Sep 11, 2023