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.

  • Colleagues discussing ideas

    Do Young 'Elites' Favor Income Redistribution?

    Oct 8, 2015

    Young “elites” — employed Americans who are 40 or younger, with high household incomes and graduate degrees — and especially Democratic elites have a strong preference for income redistribution.

  • Woman using a digital tablet with an elderly man

    Bridging the Global Age Gap

    Oct 8, 2015

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers hope for balancing the world's rapidly aging with its jobless youth. As long-term care for the elderly becomes a pressing need in many developed countries, services such as monitoring and reminding people to take their medications could be provided remotely from countries with an abundance of younger workers.

  • Young man drinking vodka

    Tools for Coping with a Military Spouse's Drinking

    Oct 5, 2015

    Partners Connect, a research study and web program, aims to help military spouses concerned about a loved one's drinking. Spouses can access free online communication tools and tips for taking care of themselves and their spouses.

  • Citizens of Cochabamba sign cards as part of the Cartas de Mujeres Bolivia campaign

    In Latin America, Breaking the Cycle of Intimate-Partner Abuse One Handwritten Letter at a Time

    Sep 30, 2015

    Latin America has one of the highest rates of intimate-partner violence in the world, writes Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13), but a series of high-profile cases, including the murder of a journalist by her policeman husband, have propelled intimate-partner violence to the fore of Bolivia's public agenda.

  • Shasta Lake is 100 feet below its normal levels January 23, 2014

    California's Drought and Water Policy

    Sep 30, 2015

    California has implemented numerous policy changes to cope with a record-breaking, four-year drought. In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of experts—including Professor (and alum) David Groves (cohort '01)—discuss what government agencies can do to better manage water resources, what methods are most effective at encouraging citizens to use water wisely, and how leaders can better plan for future climate crises.

  • Woman using a laptop at her kitchen table

    Exploring New Approaches to Higher Education: The Expansion of Competency-Based Programs

    Sep 29, 2015

    Policymakers and educators must determine if the risks of maintaining the status quo outweigh the potential benefits of competency-based programs, especially for those students who are ill-served by the traditional higher education model, write Alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and Prof. Trey Miller.

  • Investors watch stock information at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, August 25, 2015

    China's Currency

    Sep 28, 2015

    Much of the worry in the United States and elsewhere about China's currency “manipulation” is overblown because a less restricted yuan would more likely be overvalued than undervalued, thereby adversely affecting Chinese trade and exports, writes Prof. Charles Wolf.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Boeing in Everett, Washington, September 23, 2015

    The U.S.-China Summit Is More Significant for Xi Jinping Than Obama

    Sep 24, 2015

    The Xi-Obama summit will provide the opportunity to discuss contentious issues like cybersecurity and the South China Sea, as well as other issues, such as climate change and economic cooperation. For Xi, writes Prof. Howard Shatz, the visit underscores the tremendous importance of messaging to a Chinese audience the narrative of a continued stable and robust partnership with the country that matters most to China politically and economically.

  • A teacher helping a student in class

    Principals Express Satisfaction with Teach For America Teachers

    Sep 24, 2015

    A majority of school principals are satisfied with teachers provided to their campuses through the Teach For America (TFA) program, according to research by Pardee RAND students Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11), Amanda Edelman (cohort '13), and Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11). Principals with more experience rated TFA corps members more highly. Principals who are TFA alumni, along with those at charter schools, were similarly satisfied overall but rated corps members' abilities lower in specific areas.

  • Paul C. Light

    Pardee RAND Graduate School Names Paul C. Light First Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Sep 23, 2015

    Paul C. Light is an international leader in the field of public policy and public service. As the first-ever Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he will teach a class, lead a seminar, and participate in events.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrive at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, September 22, 2015

    Xi's Visit Exposes Mismatch in U.S and Chinese Expectations

    Sep 23, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's U.S. visit this week appears to face serious headwinds. Contrasting U.S. and Chinese priorities will likely lead to disappointment on both sides, writes Prof. Timothy Heath

  • Soldiers rehearse weapons skills while attending the Cultural Support training course at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

    Sep 21, 2015

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND expert John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as the issues that remain.

  • The KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft takes off on its maiden flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, December 28, 2014

    Lessons from the Past for the Future of the KC-46A

    Sep 16, 2015

    Analysis suggests that fixed-price contracts have not successfully reduced costs to the DoD associated with developing complex weapon systems. This has implications for the Air Force, given the importance of the ongoing KC-46A program, writes Prof. Mark Lorell and colleagues.

  • A senior man receives a consultation from his doctor

    Charging Older Adults Higher Premiums Could Cost Taxpayers

    Sep 15, 2015

    Under the Affordable Care Act, older adults cannot be charged more than three times as much as 21- to 24-year-olds for the same plan. Changing this rule to 5-to-1 may not be a cost-effective way to encourage enrollment among the young and healthy, writes Prof. Christine Eibner.

  • A billboard of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind soldiers of the People's Liberation Army at a military base in Beijing, August 22, 2015

    Xi in Command: Downsizing and Reorganizing the People's Liberation Army

    Sep 14, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping recently announced that China would reduce the number of troops in its army by 300,000. But that is only a first step in a more ambitious reform and reorganization plan, writes Prof. Michael Chase.

  • Close up of Lily Ablon holding DEFCON 21 challenge medal

    Lessons from a Hacker: Cyber Concepts for Policymakers

    Sep 14, 2015

    In this September 14th congressional briefing, Prof. Lillian Ablon discusses the basics of cyber and information security and provides insights into some of the complexities of cybersecurity policymaking. Topics include why software vulnerabilities are significant, the components of cyber risk beyond the threat, motivations of various cyber threats actors, and what they exploit.

  • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army march during a training session for a military parade, Beijing, September 1, 2015

    China's Military Modernization: Eric Heginbotham and Michael Chase in Conversation

    Sep 14, 2015

    Professors Heginbotham and Chase discuss their recent assessments of Chinese military modernization and its implications for U.S. interests in Asia.

  • The San Antonio Reservoir, near San Francisco, California

    Creating a Smart Market for California Water

    Sep 13, 2015

    A smart market approach could reduce the transaction costs of trading water in California, allow the price of water to better match its value, and bring that value to the state, write Professors John Raffensperger and Craig Bond.

  • A chlorine-tinged cloud of smoke rises from a bomb detonated by Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters in the town of al-Alam in Salahuddin province, March 10, 2015

    ISIS Plus Chemical Weapons Does Not Equal Apocalypse

    Sep 11, 2015

    The renewed use of chemical weapons on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria is a dangerous regional phenomenon, not an imminent global threat, writes Professor Scott Savitz.

  • Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2015

    In a pilot study for the Environmental Protection Agency's National Water Program, Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), Abdul Ahad Tariq (cohort '10), alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and professor Robert Lempert determined that the EPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting watershed implementation plans that are robust and flexible.

  • Local residents take pictures as U.S. President Barack Obama visit an area reconstructed after Hurricane Katrina during a presidential visit to New Orleans, Louisiana, August 27, 2015

    What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us About Community Resilience

    Sep 8, 2015

    Hurricane Katrina left a path of destruction, death, and suffering in its wake. Its recovery, halting and incomplete as it has been, has taught us valuable lessons about resiliency, writes Prof. Anita Chandra.

  • Businesswoman working late in an office

    One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Sep 4, 2015

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered, writes Prof. Susann Rohwedder. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

  • Summer 2015 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 4, 2015

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about Charles Wolf's 60 years at RAND, new courses for the new school year, a Pardee Initiative effort to bring traditional grains back to the dinner table, and more.

  • African-American teen using a tissue

    Analyzing Unmet Health Care Needs in Teens and Affects on Adult Outcomes

    Sep 4, 2015

    Reported unmet health care need in adolescence is common and is an independent predictor of poor adult health, according to a an article coauthored by alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91). Strategies to reduce unmet adolescent need should address health engagement and care quality, as well as cost barriers to accessing services.

  • Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army stand in formation ahead of a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Beijing, September 3, 2015

    China's Military Parade Highlights Its New Strategic Capabilities

    Sep 3, 2015

    China's elaborate military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II showcased some of the People's Liberation Army's newest high-tech weapons, writes Prof. Michael Chase.