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UK – The relationship between graduates and economic growth across countries

“Higher Education (HE) is recognised as a key economic sector in the UK, having an
impact on economic growth and competitiveness. However, producing estimates of the impact of HE on growth and competitiveness is a major challenge. In most countries, there is a dilemma about the amount of public resources that should be devoted to education, which has been amplified by the period of fiscal adjustment faced by many of the advanced economies. In this study we consider the evidence on the impact of HE on economic growth and productivity, drawing conclusions on the longer-term benefits of current investment in degree-level education.” By Dawn Holland, Iana Liadze, Cinzia Rienzo and David Wilkinson, National Institute of Economic and Social Research. August 2013.

Report to G20 Leaders on monitoring implementation of Basel III regulatory reforms

“Full, timely and consistent implementation of Basel III remains fundamental to building a resilient financial system, maintaining public confidence in regulatory ratios and providing a level playing field for internationally active banks. This report updates G20 Leaders on progress in adopting the Basel III regulatory reforms since the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued itsContinue Reading

Agencies revise proposed risk retention rule

“Six federal agencies on Wednesday issued a notice revising a proposed rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The new proposal revises a proposed rule the agencies issued in 2011 to implement the risk retention requirement in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). This proposalContinue Reading

The Rise of People Living Alone in America

A Brief History of How Living Alone Came to Seem Totally Normal, by Emily Badger: “No change in the American household has been more pronounced over the last 40 years than the rise of people living alone. In 1970, only 17 percent of U.S. households contained such singletons, solo men and (more often) women gettingContinue Reading

Pew – What’s Behind The Washington Post Sale

By Amy Mitchell, Mark Jurkowitz, and Emily Guskin: “The stunning announcement [on August 5, 2013] of the sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos caught many off guard. The Post has been owned by the Graham family for 80 years. But recent years brought steep revenue and circulation declines and as chiefContinue Reading

Executive Excess 2013: Bailed Out, Booted, and Busted

“This 20th anniversary Executive Excess report examines the “performance” of the 241 corporate chief executives who have ranked among America’s 25 highest-paid CEOs in one or more of the past 20 years. The lavishly compensated CEOs we spotlight here should be exemplars of value-added performance. After all, sky-high CEO pay purportedly reflects the superior value that elite chief executivesContinue Reading

CDC releases 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study results

“School districts nationwide are showing improvements in measures related to nutritional policies, physical education and tobacco policies, according to the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS).  SHPPS is the largest and most comprehensive survey to assess school health policies. Key findings include Nutrition: The percentage of school districts that allowed soft drink companiesContinue Reading

July 2013 jobless rates down over the year in 320 of 372 metro areas

Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment Summary, July 2013: “Unemployment rates were lower in July than a year earlier in 320 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 38 areas, and unchanged in 14 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Forty-one areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent, and 34 areasContinue Reading

Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2013

“The Little Data Book on Private Sector Development 2013 is a pocket-sized book providing data for more than 40 key indicators on business environment and private sector development in a single page for each of the World Bank member countries and other economies with populations of more than 30,000.” Include the following areas: Economic andContinue Reading

Study – Research shows rude behavior at work is increasing

The cost of bad behavior affects the bottom line: “Rudeness at work is rampant, and it’s on the rise. In 2011, half of the workers surveyed by Professors Christine Porath of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Christine Pearson of Thunderbird School of Global Management said they were treated rudely at least once aContinue Reading