Pardee RAND Graduate School students participate in many RAND research projects through their On-the-Job Training. These projects provide students with tremendous opportunities to publish their work in RAND reports and peer-reviewed journals. In fact, many of our students develop an impressive publications record during their tenure at PRGS, which enables them to compete successfully for positions at universities and other research institutions.
Below is a list of publications that our students have recently authored or co-authored. The list provides an excellent illustration of the range of publications that our students have had a hand in developing.
The Impact of Air Quality on Hospital Spending — January 15, 2010
Air pollution is harmful to human health, but little is known about the costs of pollution-related health care. This study estimated the effect of air pollution on medical spending: The authors determined how much failing to meet air quality standards cost various purchasers of hospital care in California over 2005-2007.
Documentation for the Calculating Uncertainty in Biomass Emissions Model, Version 1.0 (CUBE 1.0): Contents and Use — December 31, 2009
This report accompanies the Calculating Uncertainty in Biomass Emissions model, version 1.0 (CUBE 1.0), and provides explanation of model content and use. It is intended to complement extensive documentation contained in the model itself. CUBE 1.0, available for download on the NETL website, determines the life cycle GHG emissions of biomass feedstocks from planting the biomass to delivery to the bioenergy plant gate ("farm-to-gate"). Included are emissions associated with feedstock production, transportation, and processing. The feedstocks in CUBE 1.0 include three dedicated energy crops (corn grain, switchgrass, and mixed prairie biomass) and two biomass residues (forest residue and mill residue)
Measuring the Physical Food Environment and Its Relationship with Obesity: Evidence from California — December 31, 2009
This study proposes an alternative measure to the Retail Food Environment Index (RFEI) called the 'Physical Food Environment Indicator' (PFEI), and tests its association with adult body mass index (BMI) and obesity in California.
Self-reported Unmet Need for Mental Health Care After California's Parity Legislation — December 31, 2009
Following passage of mental health parity legislation in California, perceived need for mental health care services increased significantly for all groups, regardless of insurance, resulting in a net increase of unmet need among the privately insured, among those with public insurance, and among the uninsured.
Priorities for Investments in Children and Families in Caddo and Bossier Parishes: Application of a Unique Framework for Identifying Priorities — December 31, 2009
Describes a decisionmaking framework designed to help the Louisiana community of Shreveport-Bossier prioritize its investments in children and families. The framework is focused on the intersection of needs, assets, and best practices and can be applied in many other settings.
Catalysts of Entrepreneurship -- Policies for Growth: International Conference on Entrepreneurship — November 19, 2009
The first International Conference on Entrepreneurship was held at the Indian School of Business on June 5–6, 2009. Participants presented research on and discussed policy issues affecting the growth of entrepreneurship in India, with special emphasis on education and the effective utilization of infrastructure. This document summarizes the proceedings and includes several of the speakers' presentations.
Toward Affordable Systems: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs — September 17, 2009
U.S. Army leadership has called for consideration of lifecycle cost at system design and technology development stages so that adjustments can be made early enough to ensure affordability. This study developed and demonstrated a method and model to incorporate lifecycle cost into the portfolio analysis and management process for Army Science and Technology programs.
Strengthening U.S. International Energy Assistance to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Energy Security — September 10, 2009
International energy-assistance programs are a potentially important tool for addressing the challenges of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and increasing U.S. energy security. This study reviews U.S. programs and compares them with German programs, which take a different, more centralized approach. Insights from recent studies of U.S. energy and climate policy are presented, along with recommendations for further investigation.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum — July 28, 2009
The U.S. government classified members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), a cult and designated foreign terrorist organization that was listed as an enemy force in Iraq, as civilian protected persons rather than combatant prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. A RAND study of this controversial decision recommends that MeK members be repatriated to Iran, which has promised amnesty to the group and appears to have upheld its commitment.
International Comparison of Ten Medical Regulatory Systems: Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa and Spain — May 18, 2009
This study was commissioned by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) to provide an evidence base on the systems of medical regulation in place in the countries of origin of doctors seeking to enter the UK and obtain registration to practise.
The Costs of Methamphetamine Use: A National Estimate — April 8, 2009
The economic cost of methamphetamine use reached more than an estimated $23 billion in 2005, mostly from the intangible burden that addiction places on dependent users and their premature mortality and from crime and criminal justice costs.
The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005 — January 27, 2009
This first national estimate of the economic cost of methamphetamine (meth) use in the United States suggests that costs reached $23.4 billion in 2005. The analysis, with a lower-bound estimate of $16.2 billion and an upper-bound estimate of $48.3 billion, considers the burden of addiction, premature death, drug treatment, lost productivity, crime and criminal justice, health care, production and environmental hazards, and child endangerment.
Crime Trends and the Effect of Mandated Drug Treatment: Evidence from California's Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act — December 31, 2008
The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (SACPA), implemented statewide in California in July 2001, mandates drug treatment rather than incarceration for certain nonviolent drug offenders.
Rebuilding Affordable Housing on the Gulf Coast: Lessons Learned in Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina — December 22, 2008
To support development of affordable housing for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and for the region's newcomers, researchers from the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute studied Mississippi housing and made recommendations for policymakers.
Between politics and clinics -- the many faces of biomedical policy in Europe: Analysis of drivers and outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies policy -- Volume II: Three country case studies — November 15, 2008
A policy analysis of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (e.g. IVF, ICSI) regulation, funding, and health consequences in France, Italy and the UK.
How Would Relaxing the Mailbox Rule Affect Public Safety and Security? — November 5, 2008
This research brief assesses the potential public safety and security implications of relaxing the U.S. Postal Service's Mailbox Rule, finding that doing so could have a moderate negative impact.
The Role of the United States Postal Service in Public Safety and Security: Implications of Relaxing the Mailbox Monopoly — October 7, 2008
The United States Postal Service has long held a statutory monopoly to deliver mail to mailboxes (known as the Mailbox Rule). Critics have argued against the Mailbox Rule on anti-monopoly and property rights grounds. But relaxing the Mailbox Rule may affect public safety and security. This study assesses the public safety concerns of relaxing the Mailbox Rule and makes recommendations to address these concerns.
A Literature Review — July 29, 2008
Provides an overview of empirical research on the effects that educational quality has on a community, including the impacts that education has on health, crime, civic participation, and especially the economy, as educational quality is positively associated with employment and earnings, housing values, and tax revenues.
In 2006, the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection embarked on a series of activities to consider the challenges it may face in 2009-2014. RAND Europe was asked to support this Future Challenges project by developing three scenarios for Europe to be set in the period 2009 to 2014, testing these scenarios in case study workshops, and identifying the issues and challenges arising from the project.
How to leave an Olympic Legacy: Using the past and the present to deliver the future — January 14, 2008
Setting the Agenda for an Evidence-based Olympics is a RAND Europe initiative that reveals how our rigorous research and analysis can help policy and decision makers to address the immense challenges of London's Olympic Games.
Managing the Risk of Uncertain Threshold Responses: Comparison of Robust, Optimum, and Precautionary Approaches — December 31, 2006
This study uses a simple computer simulation model to compare several alternative frameworks for decision making under uncertainty—optimal expected utility, the precautionary principle, and three different approaches to robust decision making—for addressing the challenge of adding pollution to a lake without triggering unwanted and potentially irreversible eutrophication.
Rebuilding Housing Along the Mississippi Coast: Ideas for Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Affordable Housing — May 14, 2006
In October 2005, RAND researchers went to Mississippi to help the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal and the Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Infrastructure Issues Committee. They identified policy and implementation options that could help local communities address affordable-housing issues. They considered challenges in providing affordable housing and strategies for dealing with those challenges.
An Update on Adolescent Drug Use: What School Counselors Need to Know — December 31, 2005
School counselors need to have accurate and age-appropriate prevention education information in order to counsel teens on drug use.