Want to up your game in policy analysis? Learn more about the Pardee RAND Summer Faculty Workshop, a professional development program to augment your existing teaching and research. Applications are being accepted through March 9.
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.
Ph.D. Information Session in Bogota
Jul 26, 2014
Ph.D. candidate Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez will present information about Pardee RAND at an information session for prospective students on July 26 at the Universidad del Rosario.
University of Washington professor Stephen Turnovsky will discuss income inequality in developing countries and why it is important to develop economic models that incorporate both the possibility of earnings and the mobility of wealth.
One new model of providing private development assistance in direct support of U.S. national security objectives is based on decentralization, private-public collaboration and not-neutral assistance. Jim Hake will discuss how this differs from approaches based on “universal humanitarian principles” and will examine lessons from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and conflict prevention missions in Africa and South America.
The current and projected human health risks of climate change are diverse and wide-ranging, potentially altering the burden of any health outcome sensitive to weather or climate. Stanford University's Kristi Ebi will discuss how to manage these health risks at her International Development Speaker Series presentation on May 13.
In his new book, William Easterly argues that development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries. He will present his findings as part of the International Development Speaker Series.
Shivani Siroya, the CEO and Founder of InVenture, was the keynote speaker at the 2014 PRGS-UCLA-USC-Pepperdine-Claremont L.A. Policy Symposium, held at RAND on April 4. This year's Symposium focused on the power of innovation to drive inclusive growth.
The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Harvard's Calestous Juma, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity.
From 1980-2000, West Bengal was affected by land reform policies that gave surplus land to the landless, protected tenants, and provided cheap credit, seeds and fertilizer. Dilip Mookherjee of Boston University looks at the effects of these policies and what the future may hold.
The North Korean government has shown signs of instability for some time. Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) will discuss the possible consequences of its collapse, including civil war in the North, a humanitarian crisis, the potential use and proliferation of the nation's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and even war with China.
What role does China play in the recent rush for land acquisition in Africa? Conventional wisdom suggests a large role for the Chinese government and its firms. Research by IDSS speaker Deborah Bräutigam suggests the opposite.
In his book Turnaround, economist Peter Blair Henry argues that the secret to emerging countries' success (and ours) is discipline — sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy. Henry will be visiting PRGS and RAND for the International Development Speaker Series.
Tobacco raises vital current issues of global concern regarding the interaction among international trade and investment laws, public policy, and public health objectives. Professors Mitchell and Voon reflect on the implications of Australia's experience with mandatory standardized tobacco packaging legislation for international health law and policy.
Rising Chinese incomes are increasing domestic agricultural consumption. Because China is severely constrained in these resources, the implications of this demand acceleration will be global. In this talk, Professor Roland-Holst sets out the drivers of China's changing agrifood economy and maps out its implications for global food markets and sustainability.
PRGS alum David Robalino (cohort '95) returns to RAND on March 15 to discuss his World Bank research on social security, labor markets, and fiscal policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of the International Development Speaker Series.
Pranab Bardhan, a graduate professor of economics at UC Berkeley, has conducted theoretical and field studies research on rural institutions in poor countries and the political economy of development policies. He presented his research at the February 26 International Development Speaker Series.
In Mexico, government gridlock can be attributed to traditional elites using their power to block reforms that affect their interests or assure those initiatives that protect their privileged status. Denise Dresser will be discussing Mexico's political and socioeconomic challenges as part of the International Development Speaker Series on February 21.
How can developing countries escape "capability traps," in which they pretend to reform by changing how organizations look rather than what they do? Michael Woolcock, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, will discuss his research on January 10 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.
Generating foresight and designing policies with regard to international development issues greatly benefits from explicitly taking deep uncertainty, temporal dynamics, and adaptivity into account. Speaker Dr. Erik Pruyt is a methodological advisor to the Dutch government regarding National Safety and Security.
Although there are different winners and losers when microfinance programs target small businesses, the vast majority of the population will be positively affected through the increase in equilibrium wages. Paco Buera, associate professor of economics at UCLA, will discuss his research on November 13 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.
The world so slow to address the risks posed by climate change because of a failure of systems thinking throughout society. John Sterman, director of the system dynamics group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, will discuss his research on September 27 as part of the 2012-13 International Development Speaker Series.