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 and announcements; here we present a complete compilation of ALL the news that's fit to share.

  • Mental Health Care in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

    Mar 10, 2015

    Depression is the leading cause of disability throughout the world and is especially prevalent among low-income African countries, where 75 percent of the people who suffer from mental illness do not have easy access to the mental health care they need, writes Mahlet A. Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • Substantial Productivity Growth in U.S. Hospitals from 2002 to 2011

    Mar 10, 2015

    In a study of U.S. hospitals treating Medicare patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, findings by Pardee RAND alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and RAND colleagues suggest that productivity in U.S. health care could be higher than previous studies had indicated.

  • Progress After Ferguson? Good Ideas Need Good Implementation

    Mar 9, 2015

    President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing has done a great service by providing dozens of sound recommendations—good ideas that could help avoid another Ferguson. Now we need good implementation to go along with them.

  • For Ukraine, the Battle to Bolster a Crashing Economy Is as Dire as Combat in the East

    Mar 9, 2015

    Ukraine's struggle to keep afloat economically has been daunting, as its parliament has fallen into disarray and failed to enact major economic reforms. Ukrainian lawmakers could help by dealing better with the national budget but their recent deliberations inspired little public confidence, writes Olena Bogdan (cohort '12).

  • Europe Must Spend More on Arms to Deter Putin

    Mar 3, 2015

    Demonstrations in Greece and elsewhere suggest that the European public may have little sympathy for governments not devoting most efforts to domestic discontent and foreign indebtedness, writes Professor Steven Popper. But the longtime downward trends in European defense spending matter now that Russia has chosen to flex its military might, diminished though it may be.

  • Is Geographic Clustering Driving Political Polarization?

    Mar 3, 2015

    The ideological gap separating the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress has grown dramatically wider in recent decades, write Alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson. An analysis of the presidential vote in congressional districts over the last 60 years finds that the degree to which most districts are different from the “average” district has grown, supporting the theory that polarization stems from geographic clustering.

  • Future of Coastal Flooding

    Feb 25, 2015

    President Obama's executive order that directs federal agencies to plan and build for higher flood levels as they construct new projects in flood-prone regions will affect hundreds of billions of dollars of future public works projects. In an ideal world, write Pardee RAND faculty Debra Knopman and Rob Lempert, and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), planners would estimate the benefits and costs for each project, taking into account everything from the details of the local landscape to the potential for adaptive responses over time.

  • Mitigating the Impact of Ebola in Potential Hot Zones

    Feb 23, 2015

    The experiences of African countries that successfully contained Ebola early can be informative for government officials, international organizations, and aid agencies seeking to capture the underlying factors that affect countries' resilience to such outbreaks and can help them prepare for high-risk scenarios, according to research by students Shira Efron (cohort '11) and Bill Gelfeld (cohort '14) and professor Melinda Moore.

  • Last Week Tonight's Jeff the Diseased Lung Is No Joke

    Feb 20, 2015

    John Oliver's “Jeff the Diseased Lung,” a cross between a warning label on cigarette packs in Australia and the Marlboro Man, has gone viral, writes alumnus/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85). Meanwhile, research shows cigarettes are responsible for even more premature deaths than previously thought.

  • Reauthorizing ESEA: Key Issues and Federal Oversight Are Up for Debate

    Feb 18, 2015

    In this February 2015 Congressional Briefing, Professor Laura Hamilton and other RAND Education experts discuss the limitations of current accountability policies and how a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act could promote more effective policies.

  • Are Changing Constituencies Driving Rising Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives?

    Feb 17, 2015

    Long-term geographical clustering of voters is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the increase in polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives between the 93rd and 112th Congresses, according to research by alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson.

  • Individual Empowerment: Global Societal Trends to 2030

    Feb 16, 2015

    Marlon Graf (cohort '12), Prof. Dmitry Khodyakov, and colleagues analyzed how human development, grassroots movements and access to the internet and social media are likely to empower citizens in Europe and beyond, forming a significant societal challenge for the EU in the coming decades.

  • Learning While Doing: Applying Lessons Learned During Public Health Emergencies

    Feb 13, 2015

    Response efforts to the 2014 Ebola outbreak highlighted both strengths and weaknesses. Pardee RAND students and faculty have created a tool that may help inform and guide ongoing efforts in the midst of similar public health emergencies, rather than after the fact.

  • Singer Describes Research for Annals of Internal Medicine

    Feb 9, 2015

    Despite national efforts to improve end-of-life care, proxy reports of pain and other alarming symptoms in the last year of life increased from 1998 to 2010. Adam Singer (cohort '11) describes his research, which was published in the February issue, in a video as well as author Q&A.

  • Assessing Options for Public Health Emergency Planning and Response

    Feb 9, 2015

    When public health emergencies arise, policymakers must assess and compare interventions to determine the best way forward. Using Ebola as an example, Pardee RAND students Margaret Chamberlin (cohort '14) and Shira Efron (cohort '11), along with Prof. Melinda Moore, developed a simple, practical, proof-of-concept tool that may fill gaps in a decisionmaker's ability to systematically assess options in a public health emergency.

  • Premium Tax Credits and the Affordable Care Act: The Potential Ramifications of King v. Burwell

    Feb 3, 2015

    In this February 2015 Congressional Briefing, Christine Eibner discusses the role of premium tax credits in ensuring stability in the individual health insurance marketplace and the ramifications of King v. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act.

  • U.S.-India Relations: Will the Obama-Modi Personal Chemistry Suffice?

    Feb 3, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India has generated generally positive reactions from analysts, writes Gulrez Shah Azhar (cohort '14). These judgments will be reinforced if the leaders' current chemistry changes Indo-U.S. policy for the better.

  • Growth Versus Equality: Striking the Right Balance

    Jan 30, 2015

    There's a difficult trade-off between income equality and the growth that comes from successful innovation. But one doesn't have to overwhelm the other.

  • Advancing the Careers of Military Spouses

    Jan 27, 2015

    Military spouses face challenges related to military life that can make it difficult for them to maintain and develop careers. The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship is one program designed to help them, but only one in five eligible spouses reported using it, according to research by Pardee RAND student Sarah Evans (cohort '12) and professor Esther Friedman.

  • Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization That Support Innovation

    Jan 27, 2015

    As lawmakers consider the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is critical that in meeting their objectives they do not create unnecessary obstacles to the productive innovations being explored at schools, such as personalized learning.

  • Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility Framework

    Jan 26, 2015

    Pardee RAND alumni, faculty, and students present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making (RDM) is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

  • How Does Location Affect the Type of Meal You're Having?

    Jan 23, 2015

    When examining the eating behaviors of more than 200 adults in five U.S. cities, research by Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and professors Bing Han and Deborah Cohen showed associations between where people eat and the kind of eating they are doing (e.g., meal, snack, beverage only). Results suggest that the characteristics of a place are important to individual eating behaviors.

  • Insights About Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    Jan 21, 2015

    In this January 2015 Congressional Briefing, Professor Beau Kilmer and RAND researcher Jonathan Caulkins present an overview of their new report, Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions.

  • Cost of College in the United States

    Jan 16, 2015

    For middle- to lower-income families in the U.S., in particular, the costs associated with attending a four-year university are becoming nearly impossible to bear, notes Marlon Graf (cohort '12). More and more students are ending up with significant debt after graduating from college, putting financial pressure on them at the outset of their professional careers.

  • The Adoption of New Smart-Grid Technologies

    Jan 15, 2015

    A smart grid for the United States could have large-scale benefits. Professors Christopher Guo and Craig Bond note that there are technological, economic, and regulatory barriers, but new policies or changes to policy could help overcome them.