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Regulatory Reform on Both Sides of the Atlantic — Aug. 15, 2006

In a Washington Post "Think Tank Town" online commentary, PRGS Dean John Graham notes, "Lessening the differences in regulations between the United States and the European Union can benefit both the American and European economies."

PRGS Hosts Annual Program on New Security Challenges — Jul. 20, 2006

This intensive, weeklong program offered in RAND's Washington, D.C.-area office will equip participants with both an understanding of the most critical current policy challenges in the areas of security and defense and the most up-to-date analytical techniques for addressing them.

Former Swedish PM Addresses PRGS at Commencement — Jun. 24, 2006

Commencement speaker Carl Bildt, a diplomat and former prime minister of Sweden, told graduates at the PRGS Commencement ceremony yesterday that his experience working in Bosnia and elsewhere has shown that building stable states in troubled parts of the world requires more resources and more time than most people believe.

How Does Discrimination Affect Health Care Utilization? — May 25, 2006

Despite improvements in medical technology and increased availability of health care, blacks have continued to suffer excess mortality for a number of common health conditions. An analysis of data from the Commonwealth Fund 2001 Health Care Quality Survey focuses on key measures of perceived discrimination as well as measures of health care utilization.

Evaluating the Benefits of Drug Treatment for Nonviolent Offenders — May 22, 2006

PRGS alumna Angela Hawken, now an assistant professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, helped to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of California's Proposition 36, which mandates drug treatment for nonviolent offenders. She was recently interviewed on NPR about the study's results.

Three Steps to Reduce World Oil Prices — May 19, 2006

In a Washington Times commentary, PRGS Dean John Graham notes, "The pain of $3-a-gallon gasoline is causing angry American motorists to demand that the federal government ‘do something.' But Congress and the White House need to be careful to avoid hasty actions that may look good at first but make things worse in the long run."

Improving Strategies for Long-Term Water Resource Planning — Mar. 9, 2006

Ensuring sufficient, high-quality water supplies for California over the next several decades will be a great challenge for water resource managers. An analytic method called Robust Decision Making may be a valuable tool for long-term water planning.

PRGS Names New Dean — Oct. 17, 2005

John D. Graham, a senior official in the White House Office of Management and Budget and a former Harvard University professor, was recently appointed dean of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.

PRGS Welcomes Largest Ever Incoming Class — Oct. 3, 2005

PRGS welcomed 26 new fellows this fall, the largest incoming class in the history of the school. The class consists of 14 women and 12 men and includes students from ten different countries of origin.

Technology's Impact on Policymaking — Jul. 1, 2005

Policymakers increasingly rely on information-age data sources, especially to help them track fast-changing, international events, but many still prefer intelligence analysis conveyed through one-on-one briefings.

Case Studies Help Efforts to Fix Failing Schools — Apr. 15, 2005

New Zealand's experience with failing schools and intervention strategies for underperforming schools in California can be applied to other national and international efforts, including education reform in the Emirate of Qatar.

Advance Efforts Can Reduce Damage of Chemical Terrorism — Apr. 1, 2005

Response to a chemical attack could be improved by implementing policies and providing equipment and training to the right individuals. A case study focusing on Los Angeles shows how planning now can save lives and reduce injuries in the future.

Reorganization of U.S. Government Would Improve Efficiency — Oct. 12, 2004

The U.S. government could be more effective and efficient by organizing agencies based on their missions and functions, and then developing structural improvements and policies tailored to individual agency needs, according to a book edited by former PRGS Dean Robert Klitgaard and Professor Paul Light.

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