This briefing identifies policy questions related to compensating service members and their survivors for fatality risk. After comparing patterns in the characteristics of combat fatalities with those of fatalities occurring in other contexts, it discusses the Department of Defense's current compensation programs. Policymakers may benefit from both empirical studies and comparisons with compensation programs that exist in other contexts.
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An Early Assessment of the Civil Justice System After the Financial Crisis: Something Wicked This Way Comes? 2012
The financial collapse of 2008 has had a lasting, disruptive effect on many aspects of the U.S. economy, including the civil justice system. A preliminary assessment of the impact of the financial crisis on various facets of the civil justice system identified a set of priority areas that warrant further empirical research and additional data collection.
Data from the Current Population Survey are used to conduct a detailed analysis of the determinants of entrepreneurship at the individual level to find what effect the ''Great Recession'' have on business formation.
The authors discuss the correlation between economic conditions, the characteristics of suicide terrorists, and the targets they attack.
Large variations exist across medical specialties in the frequency of malpractice claims and the amount paid on them. Most physicians face at least one claim during their careers, but most claims do not result in a payment.
For Whom the Whistle Blows: Advancing Corporate Compliance and Integrity Efforts in the Era of Dodd-Frank 2011
Following the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued for comment a set of controversial rules on whistleblower awards and protections. On May 11, 2011, RAND convened a symposium to discuss the implications of the proposed rules, the role of internal compliance and reporting processes, and steps to strengthen these processes in the era of Dodd-Frank.
Asbestos bankruptcy trusts play an important role in compensating asbestos injuries. This monograph examines how state tort laws address compensation paid by trusts and the evidence submitted in trust claim forms, how court proceedings take this evidence and compensation into account, and how the establishment of the trusts potentially affects compensation.
People with asbestos injuries are increasingly receiving compensation from trusts set up by bankrupt asbestos defendants. This brief documents how courts handling these cases consider trust payments when determining compensation.
This analysis and its findings are a step toward informing the policy debate about the effects of the new Medicare requirement under which insurers and self-insured companies must report settlements, awards, and judgments involving a Medicare beneficiary to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The researchers focused on compliance costs, recovery amounts under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, and the phaseout of a $5,000 threshold.
A paradigm shift involving acknowledgement of the value of clinicians in the context of community research, establishment of a stable infrastructure to support a cohort of clinicians across time and research studies, and realignment of incentives to encourage participation in clinical research is required.