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Using Operations Research to Improve the Refugee Resettlement Process

In a new study, Yale SOM’s Vahideh Manshadi and Soonbong Lee and their co-authors propose an algorithm that can yield better employment outcomes for refugees while also reducing caseloads of service providers.

An Afghani couple in Charlestown, Massachusetts, where they settled in 2022 after the fall of Kabul. 
  • Kidney Exchange Registries Should Collaborate to Save More Lives

    Yale SOM’s Vahideh Manshadi and her co-authors examined the methodology of kidney exchange registries, and found that registries can find more matches if they collaborate to build a unified database.

    A "Concentration"-style card came with matching kidney cards turned up
  • Why Hidden Populations Are So Hard to Count

    Yale researchers Edward Kaplan and Jonathan Feinstein explain how widely accepted estimates have greatly undercounted the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

    A map of the United States illustrating inflows and outflows of people.
  • Could Better Predictions Improve End-of-Life Care?

    A statistical tool that predicts when patients with advanced cancer are likely to die could help promote patient welfare by transferring more people from aggressive interventions to hospice care.

    Screen of heart monitor
  • Three Questions: Prof. Edieal Pinker on Holiday Travel

    We asked Prof. Edieal Pinker if operations research can make airline travel less unpleasant.

    Crowded airport
  • Can Operations Research Help Find Terrorists?

    Yale SOM’s Edward H. Kaplan uses queuing algorithms to estimate how many terror cells exist and determine how to efficiently combat them.

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  • How Dangerous Is America?

    In the Boston Globe Magazine, Professor Edward Kaplan writes that although more Americans report being worried about terror attacks, we are safer than we often feel. He cites his research that estimated the number of hidden terror plots being planned in the U.S. at any given time.

  • What makes an organization change?

    With the financial sector attempting to adapt to regulatory and economic uncertainty, firms are forced to prioritize and change. Phil Davis '85, an experienced management consultant, discusses the factors that can make organizational change succeed or fail, whether in the financial industry or another sector.

    What makes an organization change?
  • What is trust worth?

    Steve LaVoie founded Arrowstream to improve supply-chain management in the restaurant business. He discovered that the benefits of trust in markets have been overlooked, in part because of an overemphasis on individual actors as opposed to relationships. He also learned that building and maintaining trust is hard work.