Civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis gave the keynote address at the Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement on Saturday, June 18. Also honored were Warren Olney, Carolyn Meyers, Joseph Newhouse, and Arthur Brooks.
Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Supervisor for the 5th District, was the keynote speaker at the 10th annual L.A. Policy Symposium. The event's theme was "People, Planet, Profits: Policy Solutions for a Changing World" and activities included presentations by policy researchers and practitioners from the L.A. area.
Dr. Adam Levine, primary investigator of the International Medical Corps' Ebola Research Team, visits Pardee RAND on Friday to discuss his organization's efforts in West Africa, including a scoring system he and colleagues developed to triage Ebola patients.
In this Call with the Experts, Alum Jack Riley (cohort '88) discusses the likelihood of Guantanamo Bay detention camp closing before the end of President Obama's term, as well as recommendations on how to fairly and transparently expedite the trials.
The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that may be linked to brain damage in infants, is emerging as a public health priority. In this Call with the Experts, Prof. Melinda Moore answers questions about Zika and what can be done to prevent its spread.
Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva will consider what is driving the extreme concentration of economic power and what needs to be done to redress the balance so ordinary people will benefit fairly from economic growth.
More than 20 years after world leaders first tried hammering out an accord to tackle climate change, negotiators from 195 nations at the COP21 summit in Paris adopted a agreement that is being hailed as "historic, durable, and ambitious." Professors Robert Lempert and Debra Knopman discuss the agreement and what comes next.
At the next IDSS talk, former Pardee RAND dean Robert Klitgaard will present his most recent monograph for the OECD, Addressing Corruption Together, which addresses the problem of how donors and recipients of foreign aid can work together to take on systemic corruption.
Saugato Datta, managing director at ideas42, partners to design, test, and scale programs that use behavioral economics to benefit poor people in developing countries. In this International Development Speaker Series talk, he will present diagnostic and design insights, as well as results where available from behavioral design projects.
The Los Angeles-based Consuls General of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru discussed the impact of the Pacific Alliance, an initiative with the goal of open markets, free movement of services, goods and people, and complete access to education, employment, and pension systems.
To explore questions confronting the current and future electric power system, Pardee RAND's Cazier Initiative brought together leaders from industry, government, and consumer organizations for an invitation-only symposium.
Indian MP Rajeev Gowda's research examines how corruption influences the elections and policymaking in India. He discussed the effects of the country's reliance on "black money" as part of the 2015-16 IDSS.
The Traditional Grains project held a stakeholder engagement workshop in Kampala, Uganda, on August 18, 2015, to bring together professionals from a wide range of industries. The workshop was structured to be a participatory event, and attendees were encouraged to share their insights and ideas.
In the wake of California's mandate that all schoolchildren be vaccinated regardless of religious or personal beliefs, Pardee RAND Prof. Melinda Moore, senior natural scientist at RAND and a public health physician with 20 years experience at the CDC, addresses concerns about vaccines and personal choice versus public safety.
Harvard's Nathan Nunn examines the descendants of the 17th century Kuba Kingdom in central Africa to understand the effects of the kingdom's level of political development on political and social norms today.
Dr. Robert Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment, presented the keynote speech at the 9th annual L.A. Policy Symposium. The event's theme was "Social Determinants of Health: Non-medical interventions that affect population health" and activities included presentations by policy researchers and practitioners from the LA area, as well as recruiters from the World Bank and United Nations Development Programme.
Asim Khwaja studied the equilibrium effects of unconditional cash grants to private schools across more than 250 villages and 850 schools in rural Pakistan. He discussed his research as part of the International Development Speaker Series; a video of the presentation is available online.
The 2013 campaign finance reforms in Mexico have directly generated an exponential growth of cash-based clientelism, which is at the origins of the government's current legitimacy crisis. Alejandro Poire will discuss his research at the next International Development Speaker Series presentation.
An experiment in Chile found that students have unbiased but highly variable beliefs about tuition costs, and upward-biased beliefs about earnings outcomes for past graduates. Justine Hastings will discuss her findings at the next IDSS presentation.
The founder and tech lead for Question Box, a network array of public shared callboxes serving marginalized or rural populations, will discuss how semantic analysis of call records from Question Box installations provides a new layer of data insight to better inform quantitative decision-making
This two-day analysis training workshop will provide legislative staffers with an introduction to policy analysis tools and techniques as well as an understanding of how they can be used to improve the quality of public policy decisionmaking.