Pardee RAND News & Events

Pardee RAND Graduate School students, alumni, and faculty are often in the news, writing blogs, publishing research, speaking at events, and more. Other pages (student blog posts, alumni news, faculty blog posts, featured research) provide filtered views of Pardee RAND news; here we present a compilation of all the news that's fit to share.

  • Two Students Receive Inaugural Fellowships from Leonard Schaeffer RAND-USC Initiative

    Aug 24, 2015

    The Leonard Schaeffer RAND-USC Initiative in Health Policy and Economics is pleased to announce that two PhD candidates in policy analysis, Dan Han and Ujwal Kharel, are the recipients of the inaugural fellowships for Pardee RAND Graduate School students.

  • Bringing Traditional Grains Back to the African Dinner Table

    Aug 18, 2015

    Although they are more nutritious and well-adapted to Africa's agro-ecological conditions, traditional grains have been losing market share to new grains—especially maize, rice and wheat. A joint initiative of Pardee RAND and the African Centre for Economic Transformation is exploring ways to bring sorghum and millet back to the dinner table.

  • The Ramifications of Repealing the Individual Mandate

    Aug 13, 2015

    As part of its goal of near-universal coverage, the Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to obtain insurance or pay a penalty. Repealing that requirement would significantly reduce health insurance enrollment and cause individual market premiums to rise.

  • China's Airfield Construction at Fiery Cross Reef in Context: Catch-Up or Coercion?

    Aug 11, 2015

    Even if China really sees itself as undertaking legitimate activities to protect its rightful interests, it is not surprising that its rival claimants, as well as the United States and other countries in the region, see Beijing's island building activities as efforts to improve China's abilities to bully its neighbors.

  • Climate Targets: Values and Uncertainty

    Aug 11, 2015

    Policymakers know that the risks associated with climate change mean they need to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. But uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of different scenarios makes choosing specific policies difficult.

  • Obama Commutes Sentences of 46 Drug Offenders. Now for the Hard Part

    Aug 10, 2015

    Last month, President Obama commuted more sentences in a single day than any president since Lyndon Johnson. But commutation doesn't erase a criminal conviction.

  • Apply Principles of Professional Change Management to Acquisition Reform, or Risk Failure

    Aug 7, 2015

    If Congress enacts substantial changes to acquisition processes as part of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, then it has a responsibility to ensure that the DoD has the opportunity and resources to implement proven change management principles to increase the chances for its success.

  • Learning to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet of Things

    Aug 4, 2015

    Late last month, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars to fix a defect that allowed hackers to imperil drivers from afar. In essence, what was considered a huge threat was converted into a solved or at least solvable problem.

  • What Durban Can Teach Detroit: Getting Customers to Pay Their Water Bills

    Jul 29, 2015

    South Africa is proving that governments in poor cities can provide water and collect payment without turning off the water spigot. Detroit and Baltimore might consider exploring models like this that have been successfully tested in even more challenging settings, writes Julia Pollak (cohort '12).

  • Should Undocumented Immigrant Youth Pay In-State Tuition to Attend College?

    Jul 28, 2015

    Undocumented children are entitled to free primary and secondary public education everywhere in the United States, regardless of their legal status. But when they finish high school, their options for college vary depending on the state in which they live, writes Prof. Robert Bozick.

  • Pardee RAND Hosts Third Annual Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Analysis

    Jul 28, 2015

    The Pardee RAND Graduate School held its third annual Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Research and Analysis in the Santa Monica office during the week of July 20. The school hosted 12 guest faculty members from institutions serving highly diverse student bodies for an intensive introduction to policy analysis, RAND, and Pardee RAND.

  • Family Planning Must Be Part of the Humanitarian Response in Africa's Conflict Zones

    Jul 1, 2015

    Worldwide, nearly 800 women die every day due to mostly preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. More than half of these deaths occur in fragile states torn by armed conflict and generalized violence, writes student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • In the Interest of Justice

    Jun 26, 2015

    As the line between criminal justice and national security continues to blur, alum K. Jack Riley (cohort '88) offers three principles that can help young criminology practitioners and scholars.

  • Aging in Asia: Can the 'Tigers' Continue to Roar?

    Jun 16, 2015

    Changing demographics will force Japan and the “Asian Tigers”—Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan—to find ways to remain economically dynamic while increasingly looking after their elderly. Professor Rafiq Dossani and Associate Dean Rachel Swanger ask, how might public policy help accomplish this?

  • Reaching the 80 Percent: Q&A with Krishna Kumar

    Jun 15, 2015

    Pardee RAND professor Krishna Kumar discusses studying agriculture in China, low-income housing in India, and labor markets in Bangladesh, and how research can help the developing world.

  • What Americans Know About King v. Burwell

    Jun 12, 2015

    An upcoming Supreme Court ruling regarding the Affordable Care Act could impact millions of Americans, write professors Katherine Carman and Christine Eibner. Are Americans aware of the court case? And if so, what do they know about it?

  • Are Airport Security Screeners Looking for the Wrong Things?

    Jun 4, 2015

    An investigation revealed that the TSA has failed in contraband testing, at a 95 percent rate. This shouldn't be perceived as an indictment of TSA workers. writes alum Jack Riley (cohort '88), but it may be an indictment of the particular assignments they've been given.

  • What the Ebola Crisis Taught Us About Emergency Preparedness

    Jun 4, 2015

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak was the most severe of its kind in history, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13). At the height of the crisis, there were 800 to 1,000 new reported cases per week in Africa across the three most heavily affected countries. As of the last week of May, there were only 12 confirmed cases. Now the question is, What must be done to prevent and mitigate future crises of this nature?

  • Spring 2015 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Jun 3, 2015

    The latest issue of Findings features our inaugural Brown Faculty-in-Residence, seven new alumni jobs, five new alumni, two visiting alumni, eight event photos, and countless news.

  • Another Nepal Earthquake Makes Disaster Relief Planning Even More Important

    May 13, 2015

    Leadership, coordination, communication, and involvement of local stakeholders are critical to an informed response to natural disasters, writes Prof. Melinda Moore. Improved disaster management in Nepal could help limit the suffering of impacted communities and help secure a more successful recovery in the long run.

  • NEJM Study Shows Gay Youth Bullied More than Straight Youth

    May 8, 2015

    A study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that young people who later identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are bullied more than their peers as early as 5th grade. Alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91), Chief of General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, led the study and discusses his findings.

  • As Ebola Declines, Lessons Emerge

    May 7, 2015

    Lessons learned through the analysis of this most recent Ebola outbreak, as well as other disease outbreaks, can have far-reaching consequences, helping authorities to both improve the continuing, ongoing response and plan for the best possible response to future threats. In this commentary, RAND president Michael Rich highlights several toolkits developed by Pardee RAND students and faculty.

  • Peacetime Fuel 'Tankering' Could Save $25 Million Per Year

    May 4, 2015

    Fuel tankering is carrying excess fuel on an aircraft when flying from origins where fuel is less expensive than at the destination. Tankering fuel to a conflict zone like Afghanistan is almost always cost-effective, writes Prof. Christopher Mouton, but the story is more complex elsewhere due to how fuel is purchased and resold within the DoD itself.

  • Pardee RAND Awards Funding for Internships

    Apr 20, 2015

    It is always exciting to see our students put their knowledge to work outside of RAND and experience what it's like to work in organizations in their fields of interest. To that end, Pardee RAND is happy to announce funding for three external fellowships.

  • South Korea's Missile-Defense System Decision: Q&A with Bruce Bennett

    Apr 3, 2015

    Chinese pressure on South Korea not to allow deployment of a terminal high-altitude air defense (THAAD) defense missile system has become a major regional security issue. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) answers a Q&A on what might it mean if the U.S. deploys it anyway.