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Daily Archives: September 9, 2013

New GAO Reports – Defense Headquarters, Global Positioning System, Homeland Defense, Pesticides, Small Business Research, Space, Defense Management

  • Defense Headquarters – DOD Needs to Reassess Options for Permanent Location of U.S. Africa Command, GAO-13-646, Sep 9, 2013
  • Global Positioning System - A Comprehensive Assessment of Potential Options and Related Costs is Needed - GAO-13-729, Sep 9, 2013
  • Homeland Defense - Action Needed to Improve Cost Reporting for DOD’s Aerospace Control Alert Mission - GAO-13-785, Sep 9, 2013
  • Pesticides - EPA Should Take Steps to Improve Its Oversight of Conditional Registrations, GAO-13-145, Aug 8, 2013
  • Small Business Research Programs, Actions Needed to Improve Compliance with Spending and Reporting Requirements, GAO-13-421, Sep 9, 2013
  • Space - Defense and Civilian Agencies Request Significant Funding for Launch-Related Activities, GAO-13-802R, Sep 9, 2013
  • Defense Management, DOD Should Enhance Oversight of Equipment-Related Corrosion Projects, GAO-13-661, Sep 9, 2013

Global and euro imbalances: China and Germany

Global and euro imbalances: China and Germany by Guonan Ma and Robert N McCauley - Working Papers No 424 - September 2013. “We analyse global and euro area imbalances by focusing on China and Germany as large surplus and creditor countries. In the 2000s, domestic reforms in both countries expanded the effective labour force, restrained wages, shifted income towards profits and increasedContinue Reading

Intraday dynamics of euro area sovereign CDS and bonds

Intraday dynamics of euro area sovereign CDS and bonds by Jacob Gyntelberg, Peter Hördahl, Kristyna Ters and Jörg Urban Working Papers No 423 September 2013 “The recent sovereign debt crisis in the euro area has seen credit spreads on sovereign bonds and credit default swaps (CDS) surge for a number of member states. While these events have increased interest in understanding the dynamicsContinue Reading

Triennial Central Bank Survey of foreign exchange and derivatives market activity in April 2013

“The BIS Triennial Central Bank Survey is the most comprehensive source of information on the size and structure of global foreign exchange and OTC derivatives markets. By increasing market transparency, the Survey aims to help policy makers and market participants to better monitor patterns of activity and exposures in the global financial system. National survey results areContinue Reading

CRS – Armed Conflict in Syria: Background and U.S. Response

Armed Conflict in Syria: Background and U.S. Response. Jeremy M. Sharp, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs; Christopher M. Blanchard, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs. September 6, 2013 “The popular-uprising-turned-armed-rebellion in Syria is in its third year, and seems poised to continue, with the government and an array of militias locked in a bloody struggle ofContinue Reading

UN World Happiness Report 2013

“As with last year’s report, we have again assembled the available international happiness data on how people rate both their emotions and their lives as a whole. We divide the available measures into three main types: measures of positive emotions (positive affect) including happiness, usually asked about the day preceding the survey; measures of negativeContinue Reading

The response of tail risk perceptions to unconventional monetary policy

The response of tail risk perceptions to unconventional monetary policy by Masazumi Hattori, Andreas Schrimpf and Vladyslav Sushko - Working Papers No 425, September 2013 “We evaluate the response of perceived tail risks in financial markets to the implementation of unconventional monetary policy by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Using information from out-of-money equity index options, we find that perceived risks decline significantly inContinue Reading

Leaders endorse new G20/OECD principles on long-term investment financing

News release: “G20 Leaders today endorsed an OECD-launched initiative to encourage the flow of institutional investment towards longer-term assets, such as infrastructure and renewable energy projects, in order to strengthen the global economy. Currently, pension funds, insurers, mutual funds and sovereign wealth funds hold more than USD 80 trillion in assets. Pension funds alone managed overContinue Reading

Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?

Are Tenure Track Professors Better Teachers?  – David N. Figlio, Morton O. Schapiro, Kevin B. Soter – NBER Working Paper No. 19406 Issued in September 2013 “This study makes use of detailed student-level data from eight cohorts of first-year students at Northwestern University to investigate the relative effects of tenure track/tenured versus non-tenure line facultyContinue Reading

Reports on the availability of open access scientific literature

“Open access reaches a turning point: Science-Metrix presents a study on open access to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Three new Science-Metrix reports on the availability of open access scientific literature and data are now available for download. These reports highlight the faster than previously thought growth of open access to scientificContinue Reading

The Declining Importance of Library Books and the Rising Importance of Special Collections

Can’t Buy Us Love: The Declining Importance of Library Books and the Rising Importance of Special Collections [Ithaka S+R]. Rick Anderson, Interim Dean & University Librarian, University of Utah. “Research libraries throughout North America are experiencing a massive decline in the use of their general collections—their large and comprehensive collections of printed books and journalContinue Reading