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Daily Archives: June 11, 2014

Cluster Mapping Beta

“This is the Beta version of a website that we will continue to develop throughout the summer for a full launch expected in August 2014. In development include full custom economic area capability, key features on the region and cluster dashboards, enhanced related cluster visualizations, and additional data. The U.S. Cluster Mapping Project is a national economic initiative that provides open, interactive data to understand regional clusters and support business, innovation and policy in the United States. It is based at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, with support from a number of partners and a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Research - The project provides a robust cluster mapping database grounded in the leading academic research. Professor Michael Porter pioneered the comprehensive mapping of clusters in the U.S. economy in the early 2000s. The research team from Harvard, MIT, and Temple used the latest Census and industry data to develop a new algorithm to define cluster categories that cover the entire U.S. economy. These categories enable comparative analyses of clusters across any region in the United States.”

Highest-Paid Bank CEOs for 2013

WSJ – “Who is the highest-paid bank CEO in the U.S.? The bank proxies are all in and SNL Financial has run the numbers and ranked the CEOs by their 2013 total compensation. Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf received $19.3 million in total compensation to top the list, followed by Capital One‘s Richard Fairbank, who collected $18.3 million. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon,Continue Reading

World Bank Lowers Projections for Global Economic Outlook

“Developing countries are headed for a third consecutive year of disappointing growth below 5 percent, as first quarter weakness in 2014 has delayed an expected pick-up in economic activity, says the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report, issued on June 10, 2014. In contrast, recovery in high-income countries is gaining momentum, despite first quarter weaknessContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airline Competition, National Defense, Surface Ships, Terrorism Insurance, U.S. Currency

AIRLINE COMPETITION: The Average Number of Competitors in Markets Serving the Majority of Passengers Has Changed Little in Recent Years, but Stakeholders Voice Concerns about Competition, GAO-14-515: Published: Jun 11, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2014. NATIONAL DEFENSE: Department of Defense’s Waiver of Competitive Prototyping Requirement for the Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2, Block 1 Program, GAO-14-643R: Published:Continue Reading

Another Fair Use Victory for Book Scanning in HathiTrust

EFF – “Fair use enjoyed a major victory in court today. In Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision that strongly underscores a fair use justification for a major book scanning program. For those counting along at home, today’s decision marks another in a serious streak of judicial findings of fair useContinue Reading

Close to Half of New Immigrants Report High English Speaking Ability

“In 2012, 44 percent of the foreign-born population age 5 and older who arrived in the United States in 2000 or later reported high English-language speaking ability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. This means they either reported speaking only English at home or reported speaking it “very well” whether or notContinue Reading

New residential property price data sets – BIS

Selected residential property price series - The detailed data set of nominal residential property prices consists of around 300 series from 54 countries, collected from national central banks. The data set is updated on a monthly basis. Residential property price developments – fourth quarter of 2013 Long series on nominal residential property prices - “The long series haveContinue Reading

An Ironic Consequence of Political Advertising Regulation

Jung, Minah H. and Critcher, Clayton R., Offering of a Veneer of Legitimacy: An Ironic Consequence of Political Advertising Regulation (June 9, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2447962 “Aimed at discouraging negative political advertising, recent American political regulations require candidates to “Stand By Your Ad” (SBYA; i.e., “My name is _____, an I approve this message…”). ExperimentalContinue Reading

Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States, all ages, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its  Burden in the United States, 2014. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2014. 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes  

Autonomous Weapons and Human Responsibilities

Beard, Jack M., Autonomous Weapons and Human Responsibilities (June 9, 2014). 45 Georgetown Journal of International Law 617 (2014). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2447968 “Although remote-controlled robots flying over the Middle East and Central Asia now dominate reports on new military technologies, robots that are capable of detecting, identifying, and killing enemies on their ownContinue Reading