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.

  • Happy 80th Birthday, 'GDP' — Is It Not Time to Retire?

    Feb 1, 2014

    While there are merits to using GDP, it is clear that it fails to measure several important potential externalities to economic growth, such as environmental damage, poor working conditions, or violations of privacy rights, writes Professor Stijn Hoorens.

  • Iraq Picture May Not Be as Bleak as It Seems

    Jan 30, 2014

    Over the past month, al Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made a concerted effort to seize the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. Professor Ben Connable says the attacks have received a lot of attention, but ISIS does not represent a majority of Iraqi Sunni in Anbar. Many Sunni Anbari leaders continue to reject al Qaeda.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2014

    Pardee RAND students Jodi Liu and Deborah Lai (cohorts '12 and '08) and professor Jeanne Ringel, and alum/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) offer a series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.

  • With Self-Driving Cars, Promise Outweighs Peril

    Jan 29, 2014

    The promise of autonomous vehicles is finally near to being realized and the substantial benefits to society in terms of safety, mobility, and fuel economy cannot be ignored. It is not too early for policy makers to begin to think about the challenges that lie ahead, writes Professor James Anderson.

  • U.S. Needs to Improve Community-Based Drug, Alcohol Prevention

    Jan 28, 2014

    As familiar as Americans are with the problems of youth drug and alcohol abuse, we are not identifying all the potential solutions, write Professors Joie Acosta and Rosalie Pacula. While observers criticize overemphasis in U.S. policy on enforcement and scant resources devoted to treatment, the focus on these approaches often ignores a key piece of the puzzle: prevention.

  • Pardee Initiative Offers Bold Ideas for Global Human Progress

    Jan 27, 2014

    Launched in December 2013 with a generous grant from Frederick S. Pardee, the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to chronic problems faced by the developing world, most notably food insecurity and challenges of urbanization.

  • Michelle Obama Shouldn't Be the Only One Fighting Obesity

    Jan 16, 2014

    To identify the policies that will make a big fat dent in obesity rates, we first need an accurate diagnosis: Americans are overweight and obese because they are inundated with too much food. Professor Deborah Cohen says the use of impulse marketing strategies has skyrocketed, with invitations to indulge at every turn.

  • The Feds' Role After Legalization

    Jan 14, 2014

    Since Colorado and Washington allow profit-maximizing firms to grow and sell marijuana, there is concern they will use advertising to promote consumption by heavy users. With help from the federal government, the states will be better positioned to head off the negative consequences associated with commercialization, writes Professor Beau Kilmer.

  • Ask Me Anything: Deborah Cohen on How to End the Obesity Epidemic

    Jan 8, 2014

    Perhaps the most common New Year's resolution is improving our eating habits. According to Dr. Deborah Cohen, who hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday, that's much easier said than done.

  • Support for Implementing Home Visiting Under the Affordable Care Act

    Jan 8, 2014

    One groundbreaking provision of the Affordable Care Act is its funding for home visiting programs that match the parents of young children with trained specialists who provide information, social support, parental skill instruction, and more, write Professors Rebecca Kilburn and Sarah Hunter.

  • India Embraces MOOCs, but What if It Is a 'Lousy Product'?

    Jan 7, 2014

    One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Professor Rafiq Dossani raises some issues surrounding online education that could help get the most from the investment.

  • Self-Driving Vehicles Offer Potential Benefits, Policy Challenges for Lawmakers

    Jan 6, 2014

    Student Tobi Oluwatola (cohort '12) contributed to research that shows self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society but raise several policy challenges. Among these challenges are the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology.

  • Five Myths About Obesity

    Dec 27, 2013

    Although the obesity epidemic has generated a lot of attention and calls for solutions, it also has served up its share of myths and misunderstandings. Pardee RAND faculty Deb Cohen illustrates some important policy implications.

  • Faculty member Ed Keating: Investing in Firefighting

    Dec 23, 2013

    A 2012 RAND report advised the U.S. Forest Service to transition to scooper aircraft; in this commentary, he evaluates the changes that have happened since the recommendation.

  • Professor Stijn Hoorens' Long-Term View for the EU: The Health of Nations

    Dec 18, 2013

    A new report advocates that by shifting the strategic focus beyond growth and jobs, the successor of the current Europe 2020 Strategy should aim to invest in human capital and avoid sluggish productivity growth achieved at the expense of social inclusion, public health, education and skills, security or freedom.

  • Auerbach: Is There Really a Physician Shortage?

    Dec 5, 2013

    Faculty member David Auerbach examines the reignited concerns about physician shortages resulting from coverage expansions under the ACA, and finds the models do not necessarily imply that intervening to boost physician supply would be worth the investment.

  • Seth Jones and Keith Crane: Afghanistan After the Drawdown

    Nov 27, 2013

    The United States should maintain roughly 8,000–12,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 to manage the complex political, security, and economic challenges that will accompany the reduction in forces, say Seth Jones and Keith Crane.

  • Quick Takes: The Convenience Revolution in the Treatment of Minor Health Problems

    Nov 26, 2013

    Convenient options for treating minor health problems are an important new feature of the health care landscape. Pardee RAND professor Ateev Mehrotra discusses these options and their implications for the medical marketplace.

  • Dubowitz and Chandra: Here's to Our Health

    Nov 24, 2013

    Pardee RAND Faculty Anita Chandra and Tamara Dubowitz salute Pittsburgh's new mayor and his mission to make Pittsburgh healthier. They advocate using scientific and medical evidence to shape an integrated, citywide, health-policy framework.

  • Agrarian Development and Public Policy in West Bengal, India

    Nov 22, 2013

    From 1980-2000, West Bengal was affected by land reform policies that gave surplus land to the landless, protected tenants, and provided cheap credit, seeds and fertilizer. In this IDSS podcast, Dilip Mookherjee of Boston University looks at the effects of these policies and what the future may hold.

  • Bruce Bennett Discusses North Korea on Reddit.com

    Nov 14, 2013

    To shed some light on Kim Jong-un's possible motivations—and to discuss what might happen if the North Korean government suddenly collapsed the way East Germany's did—Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) took part in a question and answer session on Reddit.com.

  • Tool Helps Defense Planners Match Priorities for Security Cooperation

    Nov 6, 2013

    PRGS student Jessica Yeats (cohort '10) worked with PRGS professor Christopher Paul and other RAND researchers to develop a tool for U.S. defense planners to augment their strategic planning efforts as they evaluate current and proposed security cooperation efforts.

  • Robust Decision Making Enables Colorado River Planners to Ensure Water Reliability

    Nov 5, 2013

    Pardee RAND student Evan Bloom (cohort '09), professors/alumni David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and professors Rob Lempert and Debra Knopman worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate the resiliency of the Colorado River system over the next 50 years.

  • Applying Robust Decision Making: Planning for Water and Flood Risk Management

    Nov 5, 2013

    Robust Decision Making is used in a wide range of applications, most critically in water and flood risk management. Here, Pardee RAND professors Robert Lempert and David Groves (cohort '01) discuss two key projects where RAND applied RDM to look at potential futures: the Colorado River Basin, and Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Monopoly and Micro-Irrigation in Smallholder Water Markets

    Oct 30, 2013

    Many rural agricultural areas around the world are facing severely depleted groundwater resources, which farmers rely on for irrigation. This dissertation explores the changes that would follow a move to formalize water markets and establish tradable water rights.