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.

  • 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.

  • Capacity Management and Changing Requirements - Cost Effective Decision Making in an Uncertain World

    Oct 30, 2013

    Currently, the Air Force faces a problem of excess capacity with the fleet able to provide more airlift than needed under the requirement provided by MCRS-16. In response to the excess capability, policy makers have decided to retire C-5As with remaining service life.

  • Rising Cost of Flood Insurance Will Create Serious Challenges for New York City

    Oct 25, 2013

    Research by Pardee RAND student David Manheim and RAND colleagues indicates some New York City residents may face increases of up to $10,000 annually in their flood insurance premiums as a result of major changes occurring in the National Flood Insurance Program and the redrawing of flood maps that expand the areas at risk.

  • Mark Schuster Elected to the Institute of Medicine

    Oct 25, 2013

    Pardee RAND alum Dr. Mark Schuster (cohort '91) has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. He is an adjunct researcher at RAND and the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.

  • Student Assesses Partisan Geographic Sorting in California

    Oct 23, 2013

    After examining microgeographic voting and party registration data from California, PRGS student Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) found that Republicans and Democrats are becoming increasingly geographically segregated from one another. His research was published in PS, the journal of the American Political Science Association.

  • The Role of Economic Development Zones in National Development Strategies: The Case of China

    Oct 18, 2013

    Based on a systematic review of the historical data and policies for economic development zones in China, this dissertation creates a unique classification system for the development path of these zones and identified four distinct phases.

  • Policy Impacts on Wind and Solar Innovation

    Oct 16, 2013

    Predicting the effects of climate policies on energy use and the economy requires understanding how they will affect innovation. This study helps fill research gaps by using the number of relevant academic journal articles published per month as a proxy for innovation in wind and solar energy.

  • Quality of Patient Care Drives Physician Satisfaction; Doctors Have Concerns About Electronic Health Records

    Oct 9, 2013

    Being able to provide high-quality health care is a primary driver of job satisfaction among physicians, and obstacles to quality patient care are a source of stress for them. For example, the systems for electronic health records in use today are cumbersome to operate and contribute to their dissatisfaction, according to research by PRGS student John Caloyeras (cohort '09) and RAND colleagues.

  • Opt-In, Opt-Out; Why Not Forced Choice?

    Oct 8, 2013

    By default, browsers generally are set to automatically allow online tracking, but there may be a better way to make sure consumers decide whether or not they want to allow advertisers to sniff at their digital footprints, writes PRGS student Steven Isley (cohort '10).

  • Assessing China's Foreign Aid and Government-Sponsored Investment Activities

    Sep 18, 2013

    With the world's second largest economy, China has the capacity to engage in substantial programs of development assistance and government investment in any and all of the emerging-market countries. PRGS students Xiao Wang (cohort '08) and Eric Warner (cohort '10), as well as professor Charles Wolf Jr., assessed the scale, trends, and composition of these programs in 93 countries in six regions.

  • To Stop Prisons' Revolving Door

    Sep 16, 2013

    If California wants to reduce its prison population, it needs to address recidivism, and the best way to do this is through education and job training, writes PRGS professor Lois Davis. Cutting education and vocational training may seem like a tempting way to plug short-term budget gaps, but it actually ends up costing the system more over time.

  • U.S. Debt Could Reduce U.S. Global Influence in the Future

    Sep 16, 2013

    The United States still has the economic muscle to shape important aspects of the international environment, but high government debt in the future may undermine its economic instruments of power and its ability to influence global conditions through nonmilitary means, according to research by PRGS student Zhimin Mao (cohort '11).

  • What to Do About 'Futile' Critical Care

    Sep 13, 2013

    There are times when no amount of care, however cutting-edge it is, will save a patient. In these instances, writes PRGS professor Neil Wenger, further critical care is said to be “futile.” This type of treatment is not uncommon in intensive care units, and that raises some uncomfortable questions.

  • Modeling Industry Transformation and the Political Sustainability of Emission Control Policies

    Sep 9, 2013

    Limiting climate change will require transformation of energy and other systems. A report by PRGS student Steven Isley (cohort '10) and professors Robert Lempert, Steven Popper, and Rafaele Vardavas offers an RDM-based model designed to compare the long-term sustainability of alternative carbon emission reduction policies.

  • The Desirability of 'Free' C-27s for the U.S. Forest Service

    Sep 6, 2013

    Although we believe that a scooper-centric firefighting aircraft portfolio for initial attack would still be preferred, Air Force-provided 1,850-gallon C-27Js could be a cost-effective component of the retardant-bearing portion of the Forest Service's airborne firefighting arsenal, write PRGS professor Edward Keating and colleague Daniel Norton.

  • For Pardee RAND Graduate School, a $3.6 Million Gift

    Sep 4, 2013

    Frederick S. Pardee, a former RAND researcher, contributed $3.6 million to support the Pardee RAND Graduate School and to create its Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress. His generous gift will seed projects that help those in developing countries.

  • Translating Policy Into Action to Build Community Resilience

    Sep 4, 2013

    The philosophy and motivation surrounding community resilience has strongly resonated with community leaders but there remains a divide between how experts articulate resilience policy and how that policy translates to on-the-ground implementation. Building Community Resilience: An Online Training, by Pardee RAND professors Anita Chandra and Joie Acosta, addresses that tension.

  • Surprise! Now What?

    Aug 27, 2013

    Who is best prepared for responding to surprise: a Navy SEAL, an NFL coach, or a Fortune 500 CEO? The answer, according to Pardee RAND student D. Steven Fox (cohort '09) and professor Dave Baiocchi, is that all three professions have something to teach us: The NFL coach is an expert in pre-planning; the SEAL is great under pressure; and a good CEO has become an expert in responding to strategic threats.