Labor, Population & Aging Research

The labor, population, and aging policy area aims to provide solutions to critical social and economic problems faced by children and families, workers, the elderly, the disabled, and other vulnerable populations. RAND’s work in this area has aimed to understand why people make the decisions they do and how markets, society, and policy affect them. Many of the RAND researchers working in this area are applied microeconomists and have focused on topics such as improving financial decisionmaking, promoting international development, understanding migration and demographic change, and collecting high quality data using innovative methods and approaches such as the American Life Panel. Students have consistently worked on research collaborations in this area and completed strong dissertations.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

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Are Better Health Outcomes Related to Social Expenditure?

Students Melissa Felician and Jodi L. Liu worked with professor Lois Davis and RAND Europe colleagues on research that confirms earlier findings of a positive association between higher levels of public social spending and improved health outcomes, even when this is tested in many different ways.

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Algorithm Identifies Costs, Outcomes of Falls Based on Medicare Data

Sung-Bou Kim (cohort '09) and professor Emmett Keeler developed an algorithm that uses Medicare data to identify and analyze various types of fall-related outcomes, including episodes of care, injuries, and associated costs. Furthermore, the algorithm can be applied and adopted in other fall-related studies with relative ease.

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Integrating Women into the Marine Corps Infantry

Jonathan P. Wong (cohort '12) and professors Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Jennie Wenger, and Jennifer Kavanagh found the gender integration experiences of foreign militaries — as well as U.S. civilian police and fire departments — can provide valuable lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps as it considers making more opportunities available to women.

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Faculty Mentors

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